Knee pain can cause annoyance during exercise, or it may be severe enough to stop you in your tracks. For all causes of knee pain, see the expert medical team at Clark Integrated Medical Clinics in Lafayette and New Iberia, Louisiana. With more than 30 years of combined experience, the doctors can help you no matter the cause of your knee pain. To start your road to recovery, call or go online to schedule an appointment today.
Knee pain arises from structural problems within the knee. Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
Many causes of knee pain can occur due to overuse, though some cases can occur after trauma or abnormal movement. Knee problems can be mildly painful and not visibly noticeable, or they can involve swelling, bruising and be very painful.
The knee is more than just a joint. It includes many muscles, ligaments, tendons, and support structures. The knee joint is made up of the femur and tibia — or the thigh and shin bones. Between these two bones, there are two menisci — pads of cartilage — that provide cushion to the joint. If a meniscus is injured, your knee may lock up or swell.
For structural support, the knee joint has ligaments surrounding the joint. Tendons that connect the femur, tibia, and patella — kneecap — to the joint are also crucial for movement and support. If any of these structures are injured, you may experience popping, clicking or feelings of instability.
At your initial consultation, you will answer questions about your medical history, symptoms, and any related injuries.
Next, your doctor will perform a physical exam to assess your muscle strength, knee joint health, ligament and tendon fitness, and orthopedic health. If more information is needed, your doctor may request an X-ray or an MRI.
Once your doctor reviews your examination and makes a diagnosis, they will design a comprehensive treatment plan.
Your treatment plan may involve a knee brace, rehabilitation, medications, or regenerative medicine like cell therapy. For rehabilitation, your plan may include Active Release Techniques and stretching to relax tight muscles, weight training to strengthen weakened muscles, and ice and heat therapies to relieve swelling.
In more severe cases, medical intervention may be needed to repair damaged tissues or relieve inflammation from arthritis. Your doctor at Clark Integrated Medical Clinics will provide the best options and referrals for your needs.
Knee pain doesn’t have to bother you anymore. Get help at Clark Integrated Medical Clinics by calling or going online to schedule an appointment today.