Knee Pain Treatment
- When To Apply Ice Packs Or Heat For Knee Pain and Swelling
- Stretching Exercises For Sore Knees, Runners Knee Stretching, Knee Tendonitis Stretches, Bursitis Stretching
- Physical Therapy Exercises For Knee Pain For Runners Knee, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Knee Tendonitis, Chondromalacia
- Knee Pain Mediciation: NSAIDS, Tylenol, Steroids
- Injections For Knee Pain: Cortisone, Synvisc, Euflexxa, Rooster Comb, Hyalgan, Orthovisc, Supartz, Nuflexxa
Knee Pain Causes
Knee Pain Symptoms
Tests For Knee Pain
Painful Knee Injuries
Natural Knee Pain Remedies
Physical Therapy For Knee Pain
Exercises For Knee Pain
How to treat knee pain due to arthritis, a torn meniscus or torn ligaments
“ I can’t walk anymore due to knee pain”; “ I have difficulty climbing stairs”; “ My knee buckles and gives out”; “ stiffness and swelling in my knee makes walking painful”. All these complaints are very common in people suffering from injuries to the knee either due to a torn meniscus or arthritis. Pain in the knee is probably one of the most common reasons people seek help from an orthopedist. The knee joint’s primary function is to permit weight bearing as well as allow bending and straightening of the leg.
Individuals have become more physically active which accounts for more sport related injuries. In addition, due to an aging population, arthritis in weight bearing joints is playing a major role resulting in complaints of knee pain and difficulty walking.
In order to establish a diagnosis, your doctor will order an MRI of the knee which will show the cause of your knee pain and determine the best course of action to take whether it is surgical or nonsurgical.
It is important to understand that not every knee injury needs surgery; this is also true for those with arthritis. Many factors play a role in making a decision including age, your general health, occupation, degree of pain and extent of damage to the meniscus or ligaments. Those dependent on making a living is an example where surgery would probably be needed in order to improve their ability to walk without pain.
Following an injury, your doctor will often prescribe a course of physical therapy. He may also try various injections, such as Synvisc, into your knee as well as prescribe pain medications.
If these measures are not successful in reducing your symptoms, surgery will usually be done. After surgery, your knee will often feel weak and unstable causing difficulty when placing weight on your knee. A cane or use of crutches may be needed.
Your doctor will usually order physical therapy to increase flexibility and strength in the knee. The physical therapist, based on the physician’s order, will set up a program which may include heat or ice applications, massage, electrical muscle stimulation and gentle passive range of motion exercises.
The goal is to increase leg strength and improve range of motion of the knee, thereby lessening pain and discomfort. Strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee such as the quadriceps is very important. With stronger muscles more support is given to the knee associated with less muscle fatigue.
A cane may still be required until you have shown increased strength in your leg and good range of motion of the knee. A knee brace may be used to decrease the amount of stress on the knee and lower the chance for re-injury.
The whole process may take several weeks depending on one’s progress. Factors which can adversely affect a good outcome are being markedly overweight and failure to follow through with the therapeutic program.