Knee Pain is a Common Ailment
It is estimated that 15-20% of the population suffers from knee pain. Pain can occur for many different reasons, such as arthritis, gout, infections, or sports injuries.
For acute sports injury, conservative treatment with physical therapy, rest, and meds may be enough. But regenerative medicine treatments such as prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and stem cells can get you back faster without the need for surgery, if the condition is treatable.
A good option is comprehensively treating the whole knee with PRP or stem cells. Hyaluronic acid and PRP together has shown to be beneficial according to recent research.
The Most Common Knee Injuries
The most common types of knee injuries include:
Risk Factors for Knee Problems
While sports injuries are the biggest risk factor for knee injury and pain, other factors include:
Knee pain is often caused by patellofemoral syndrome. This causes pain on the anterior aspect or front of the knee. Sometimes it can be a sharp pain.Sitting down for a while and then standing up can be a painful experience. It goes by many names such as moviegoers or jumper’s knee.
Runners often complain about this pain. Many factors can contribute to patellofemoral syndrome, such as poor biomechanics of gait, injuries, or overuse.
Rest and ice are usually recommended. For some this may work, but more often than not you may need physical therapy. Bands around the patellar tendon can also be helpful.
If all of these treatments don’t help, then regenerative procedures such as platelet rich plasma or PRP can help speed recovery.
When to See a Doctor
You should contact a doctor if you are unable to put any weight on your knee or are unable to flex or fully extend it.
If you have redness or swelling, especially if accompanied by a fever, you should contact a doctor immediately.
The Pain May Not Actually be Coming from Your Knee
It is not uncommon that knee pain may not actually be coming from the knee. It’s often a foot or ankle issue.An improper diagnosis can lead to a treatment that will not work.