Knee pain can be common, but if left untreated, knee pain and injury can result in more debilitating problems. Knee pain does not come from just one source. The pain can be the result of an injury or a disease such as arthritis.
At MidJersey Orthopaedics, we know how much knee pain can restrict you from living the fullest life possible, and that is why we take the time to learn each patient’s personal history – ensuring we use the best treatment for your specific needs.
Knee Injury Causes and Symptoms
Ligament Injuries: The ACL, PCL, LCL, and MCL are the four main ligaments that connect the upper and lower portions of the leg. Injuries to these ligaments can occur when:
- the knee is twisted
- the knee is struck or hit
- the knee is overextended
- the knee receives too much pressure from a sudden stop, a hard land, or when weight is shifted suddenly
Symptoms of a Ligament Injury: If you suffer a knee injury resulting in severe pain, you should consult with a doctor before the results of the injury restrict your mobility. Symptoms of a serious injury can include the following:
- severe pain
- a loud popping noise at the time of the injury
- an inability to put weight on the affected knee
- the feeling that your knee is loose
Depending on the type of injury, the time elapsed since your injury, and your specific patient history, the physicians at MidJersey Orthopaedics will recommend a specific treatment based on your individual needs. These treatments can include the following:
Physical Therapy: Treatment for knee pain will undoubtedly include some form of physical therapy. Physical therapy is often needed to strengthen the joint and/ or necessary for recovery post-surgery.
Injections: Depending on the cause of your knee pain, injections into knee can also be used to treat some disorders including:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- posttraumatic arthritis
- damaged cartilage
Surgery: Serious injuries to the knee may require surgery. The physicians at MidJersey Orthopaedics will make sure you remain well-informed of all options, and will monitor your progress from surgery to completion of necessary rehabilitation. Some common knee-surgeries include the following:
- knee replacement
- ACL reconstruction
- tendon repair
- meniscus repair/ transplant
Find out more about the Knee from the Orthopaedics connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.