Knee injuries and functional issues are one of the most common causes of knee and joint pain among men and women in the United States. To find out the cause of your knee pain and get treatment to resolve the issue, visit the integrated medical team at Kinexis Healthcare in Estero, Florida. Offering a variety of conservative and minimally invasive therapies to address knee pain, the team can help you feel better and improve the function of your knee. To schedule a visit, book online or call today.
Knee Pain Q & A
Why does my knee hurt?
Depending on the location and type of pain you’re experiencing, the Kinexis Healthcare team can determine which structures in your knee may be involved. Potential pain generators in the knee include:
- Tibiofemoral knee joint
- Ligaments within and outside your knee
- Muscles surrounding the knee
Knee pain can be described as stiff, aching, sore, throbbing, or dull. It can also cause popping, clicking, or locking depending on the location of your pain and the potential causes of your pain, such as trauma, wear and tear, or a movement-related injury.
What causes knee pain?
The knee is a complex structure that requires coordination of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in order to function properly and be free from pain. Potential problems that can affect your knee and cause pain or dysfunction include:
- Tendinitis, including patellar tendinitis and iliotibial (IT) band tendinitis
- Chondromalacia patella
- Muscles strains
- Ligaments sprains
- Meniscus tears
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
Most cases of knee pain are the result of a soft tissue injury or wear and tear, though some signs can point to more serious knee injuries that require immediate medical attention.
What are the signs of a knee injury?
Signs of a potential knee injury include:
- Swelling or bruising in or around the knee
- Tenderness to touch
- Popping, clicking, or locking
- Sensation that your knee may buckle or give out underneath you
- Decreased range of motion
- Inability to bear weight
- Pain after sitting or kneeling for long periods
For severe swelling and bruising with an inability to bear weight on your leg, the team may refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation to rule out potential complications of your injury before recommending treatment.
How is knee pain treated?
Knee pain treatment is determined by your diagnosis and the severity of your discomfort. Common treatment options for knee pain include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Soft tissue therapy
- Athletic taping or bracing
- Rehabilitative exercises or stretches
- Exercise modifications
- Hot and cold therapy
- Electrical nerve stimulation
- Balance and gait training
- Regenerative medicine
The team may recommend one or more of these therapies to relieve your pain and improve the function of your knee.
To find out the cause of your knee pain, schedule a visit at Kinexis Healthcare online or by phone now.