The incidence of knee pain has risen about 65% over the last 20 years, putting it among the most common sources of pain today. At Alliance Spine Associates, LLC in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, the esteemed knee pain specialists use cutting-edge strategies to reduce and relieve your knee pain. Call the office to schedule your knee pain evaluation or book online today.
Knee pain can start in the bones, ligaments, tendons, or cartilage inside your knee joint. Injuries, chronic disease, and the wear-and-tear of age can all cause knee pain, with some of the specific problems in the knee including:
Osteoarthritis is cartilage breakdown inside your joint. It often affects the knee joints, which causes your knee bones to grind together painfully. Osteoarthritis usually develops over the years, most often occurring in people in their 40s and older.
A tear in the ACL ligament, which allows your knee to move back and forth, can cause knee pain and instability. ACL tears are a common sports injury, and the ACL is the ligament most commonly affected in knee injuries.
But tears of the medial collateral ligaments (MCL), posterior cruciate ligaments (PCL), lateral collateral ligaments (LCL), or other knee ligaments can also cause pain.
The meniscus is a flexible type of fibrocartilage in your knee. It cushions and acts as a shock absorber between the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). You have two pieces of this fibrocartilage in your knee. Either piece can inflame, degenerate, or tear. Many individuals with meniscal tears also experience ACL tears.
Damage to the meniscus can lead to severe pain, swelling, stiffness, and knee instability that may affect your mobility.
Bursitis is inflammation in the sacs that cushion your knee joint. It’s generally caused by joint overuse. Bursitis frequently occurs alongside arthritis.
These are among the most common causes of knee pain, but they can happen in many other circumstances. The best way to determine the cause of your knee pain is a complete diagnostic evaluation at Alliance Spine Associates, LLC.
The Alliance Spine Associates, LLC team completes a thorough medical exam, checking for abnormalities and evaluating your knee flexibility, alignment, range of motion, and painful areas.
They also review your medical history. Your providers will ask about the circumstances around your knee pain, including when it started, how severe it is, and when and where it flares up.
You might also need diagnostic imaging (X-rays, MRI, CT scan) to find the root cause of your knee pain.
Knee pain treatment can involve conservative and minimally invasive strategies. Depending on the cause of your knee pain, you might need steroid injections, gel injections, or another pain-relieving injection. Injections can ease your pain and allow you to resume your normal activities. They often last for several months or longer.
If you have a severe injury, like an ACL or meniscus tear, the Alliance Spine Associates, LLC team will recommend a procedure to repair your torn ligament. For example, ACL repair surgery uses a section of tendon from another part of your body to create a foundation for the growth of a new ligament.
If you need long-lasting relief from knee pain, call Alliance Spine Associates, LLC, or use the online booking tool.