Finding Relief from Knee Pain

Knee pain can limit your movement and make everyday activities challenging. While certain cases of knee pain can be managed at home, chronic knee pain may need to be evaluated by a doctor. In years past, joint pain was often reasoned away with the adage, “I’m just getting older.” But with improvements in medicine, science and technology, that myth has been busted. It’s now medically possible to get rid of knee pain.

Ask yourself, is knee pain preventing you from doing some of your favorite activities with friends and family like hiking, golfing or a simple walk? Do you experience knee pain when walking or squatting, find yourself using one leg more often than the other or avoid mundane activities that hurt your knee? Know that you don’t have to live with pain like this. Desert Care Network Primary and Specialty Orthopedic Care in Coachella Valley is here to guide you toward knee pain relief and recovery.

What Could Pain in My Knee Mean?

Some knee pain cases may not be a sign of a serious condition and can be managed at home. But if your knee pain persists, book an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. A doctor may help pinpoint the cause of pain. From addressing knee arthritis to exploring knee surgery options, our orthopedic team can diagnose and customize a treatment plan. Normal wear and tear or injury may cause your knee joint to hurt. Other knee pain conditions include:

  • Bursitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Kneecap fracture
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Torn ligament
  • Torn cartilage (a meniscus tear)
  • Strain or sprain
Nonsurgical treatment options such as pain medication and rehabilitation may be recommended at first to help treat knee pain. If your knee pain does not go away after noninvasive procedures, an orthopedic doctor may perform an X-ray, MRI, CT scan or joint fluid culture of the knee to look for possible joint damage. If needed, your orthopedic doctor may recommend surgery.

Knee Replacement Surgery

If you’ve already tried different treatment options to relieve pain, such as over-the-counter medications and therapy, to no avail, your doctor may recommend knee replacement surgery. It involves removing damaged or diseased parts of the knee joint and replacing them with new, artificial parts, prostheses or implants. Depending on how severe the damage is to the knee joint, your doctor may recommend partial or total replacement. A partial knee replacement surgery will only replace one knee joint side. On the other hand, both sides of the knee joint will be replaced in total knee replacement surgery.

Knee replacement implants that may be used include:

  • Metal on plastic – the most common implant type.
  • Ceramic on plastic – may be recommended to patients who are sensitive to the nickel typically used in metal implants.
  • Ceramic on ceramic – this material is least likely to cause a reaction to the body. However, they may produce squeaking noise when walking.

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