Knee pain can affect your mobility and cause discomfort when walking. You don’t have to suffer from persistent knee pain. Some treatments can provide relief from pain, discomfort, stiffness, and other related symptoms. The skilled physicians at Cary Physical Medicine in Cary, IL can diagnose the cause of your knee pain and develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can develop as a result of various factors or conditions, such as an injury or arthritis. Some possible causes of knee pain include:
- A ligament injury
- Meniscal tear
Another cause of knee pain is a condition called patellar chondromalacia or patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is more commonly known as runner’s knee. The condition can develop when the cartilage under the kneecap is damaged due to overuse of the knee. This cartilage functions as a shock absorber. When it’s damaged, individuals often experience pain and discomfort. Despite the name runner’s knee, the condition can affect anyone who regularly overuses the knee, including individuals who hike or cycle frequently.
Treatments for Knee Pain
There are many ways to treat knee pain. The right treatment depends on several factors, including the cause of the knee pain. The experienced doctors at our office in Cary, IL can recommend the right approach for treating your knee pain.
Treatments for knee pain and discomfort can include:
- Resting the knee
- Applying ice or heat to the affected knee
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain relief medications
- Physical therapy
- Knee surgery
In addition to these different treatment methods, it is also best to modify or refrain from certain physical activities while the knee is healing. For example, any activity that aggravates the knee, such as running, should be avoided during the healing process. Continuing to participate in activities that caused or contributed to the knee pain could lead to further problems and delay healing.