Knee Pain Q & A
What Causes Most Knee Pain?
Your knees bear one and a half times your body’s weight with every step you take, and that force only increases if you run, jump, or go up or downstairs.
With this daily wear and tear, your knees are vulnerable to a wide range of degenerative conditions and injuries. For example, your knee pain could be due to:
- Muscle imbalances
- Meniscus injuries
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
- Kneecap dislocation
Carrying extra rate increases your risk of knee pain. Your connective tissue becomes dry and less flexible, which is typical as you get older. Your risk of knee pain also increases if you play sports like basketball or soccer or have suffered a past knee injury.
When Should I See A Doctor About Knee Pain?
The team of experienced professionals at Elite Physical Medicine takes a holistic view of your health and wellness. They provide thorough exams to identify the exact root cause of your knee pain so they can render effective treatment.
You should make an appointment with a pain specialist at Elite Physical Medicine if you feel popping, scraping, or crunching when you bend your knee, or you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty putting weight on your knee
- Redness and swelling
- Trouble straightening your leg
- Severe weakness or stiffness
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting
- Signs of a fracture
Patients with knee pain require rehabilitation or physical therapy in addition to other treatments. Rehabilitation increases blood flow to the knee, promotes tissue healing, and helps restore mobility.
The physical therapists at Elite Physical Medicine design personalized rehabilitation programs that can significantly reduce or eliminate your pain when combined with other natural treatments.
How Is Knee Pain Treated?
Elite Physical Medicine offers a variety of treatments to reduce pain and stiffness in your knees. Based on your individual needs, your plan can include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Innovative treatment
- Massage therapy
The medical experts at Elite Physical Medicine consider surgery the last resort when it comes to knee pain. Using customized, integrative treatment, most patients can avoid surgery. The medical team offers a wide variety of safe, nonsurgical procedures that result in long-term relief from knee pain.
If knee pain interferes with your life, call Elite Physical Medicine at (812) 445-5172 or make an appointment online today.