Knee Pain – What You Need to Know

Knee pain is among the most prevalent musculoskeletal issues which bring patients to the doctor. Knee pain is becoming pretty much common nowadays (prevalence up to 46%). Knee pain can be a result of various underlying conditions, and it comes with treatments and causes.

The Signs and Symptoms of  Knee Pain

In this condition, you experience pain in bending or straightening the knee, including climbing up and down the stairs. Some of the more symptoms of knee pain include the following:

  • Swelling of the knee pain
  • The trouble of putting any kind of weight on the knee
  • Issues in the mobility of the knee
  • Knee locking or buckling

The Causes of Knee Pain

Overuse of the knee, recurrent falls, and repetitive flexion and extension of the knee might cause disturbance to the bursa located on the top portion of the kneecap. It may lead to swelling or pain. A dislocated kneecap can also cause your knees to slide out of the position, which might cause swelling and knee pain.

Your doctor may use the term Patellar Dislocation for this condition. The iliotibial band is a tough tissue that starts from your buttocks and extends towards the knee. Whenever you perform a strenuous activity, the tissue might get inflamed and cause pain. A meniscal tear can happen in the knee cartilage, causing severe pain as well.

The Treatment Options for Knee Pain

The treatment of knee pain includes over-the-counter NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain. What’s more, corticosteroid injections may be given to patients with pain in the knee joint which may help in reducing the symptoms of the flare, providing pain relief that might last for a few months.

In some cases, hyaluronic acid injections might also be given to patients that help in the lubrication of the knees, providing mobility and ease of pain. Although results are mixed regarding the efficiency of the treatment, it is observed that one shot of the acid might be as effective as six months.

Platelet-rich plasma might also be given in some cases for reducing inflammation and promoting healing. PRP might help people having osteoarthritis.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.