Knee Pain

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Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

Knee pain affects millions of people of all ages on a daily basis. Through rigorous diagnostic and preventive care, the team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine has identified successful treatments to help people living in or around Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, manage and eliminate their knee pain. Call or book online today to find out more about your knee pain treatment options.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

A variety of factors may contribute to knee pain, though it typically stems from a combination of lifestyle choices and your medical condition. Some of the leading causes of knee pain include:

Arthritis

Knee pain can come from four different types of arthritic conditions:

  • Septic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gout

Injuries

Many heavy hitters suffer from injuries during practice and, as a result, suffer from knee pain. If done improperly, physical activity can severely damage the ligaments and tendons surrounding the knee, leaving you with pain for days on end. These injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • ACL
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis

Joint problems

The following joint issues can lead to severe knee pain:

  • Iliotibial syndrome
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Improper walking due to pain in other parts of the body
  • Cartilage or bone breakage

 

Obesity and being overweight can also trigger knee pain, due to the added pressure the extra weight is putting on your knees.

The team of doctors at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine help you maintain a healthy diet and weight to reduce the risks of joint issues and arthritis, and, in turn, of experiencing knee pain.

What are the symptoms of knee pain?

Knee pain is typically never a standalone sensation. That means that it’s almost always a symptom of another injury or illness. Nevertheless, there are specific ways of identifying whether the pain is coming from your knee, including:

  • Stiffness
  • Redness and tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Crunching or popping sounds
  • Weaknesses
  • Inability to straighten the knee

When should you see a doctor for knee pain?

The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine recommend that you make an appointment as soon as possible if you're experiencing knee pain.

Though you are the best arbiter for determining how much pain is too much pain, the practice’s doctors can help determine whether the pain you’re feeling is related to a larger, more severe condition.

They’ll then develop an individualized treatment plan to get rid of the pain.

What are common knee procedures?

The most common knee procedures typically involve knee replacement surgery — either partial, total or revision. The doctors at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine are committed to providing alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

One such alternative is viscosupplementation treatment. A hyaluronic acid solution called Sarapin® is injected directly into the affected area to decrease pain and improve mobility. Hyaluronic acid is typically found in the cartilage and acts as a lubricant and shock absorber.

These injections might require multiple visits to Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, but keep in mind that they are successful alternatives to surgical procedures, which can lead to numerous complications, including:

  • Prolonged and painful recovery
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to surrounding areas
  • Infections
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion
  • Scarring

 

Contact Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine today or book an appointment online to learn more about how you can benefit from specialized knee pain management treatments.

 

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