Knees have to support your weight when you walk, run, and jump, so it’s not surprising they’re prone to injury and wear-and-tear. If you develop knee pain, visit the Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team in Las Vegas, Nevada. The practice’s pain management physicians provide cutting-edge therapies, including joint injections and genicular radiofrequency ablation. To find a treatment that relieves your knee pain, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center today or complete the online booking form.
Knees are large joints that bear most of your body weight, so pain is a common problem. The most likely reasons for developing knee pain include:
Numerous joint diseases come under the umbrella term of arthritis. These include osteoarthritis, a wear-and-tear condition common in older age, autoimmune disorders like psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, and gout, a uric acid crystal build-up in the joints that frequently affects the big toes but can also develop in the knees.
Ligaments connect the bones that meet in your joints. Tendons attach your leg muscles to these bones. If you stretch tendons and ligaments too far, they can partially or completely tear. Sports injuries like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprains are the most common.
Each knee has several menisci, wedges of cartilage that provide cushioning and stability to the joint. Injuries can tear the meniscus, which is often difficult to heal because much of it has a limited blood supply. You could also damage the articular cartilage covering your bones.
Tendinitis is inflammation in the tendons that’s often due to overuse. The patellar tendon, a large piece of connective tissue attaching the leg muscle to the front of your knee, is a common problem.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome describes discomfort and inflammation in the patella (kneecap).
Knee bursitis develops in the bursae, causing inflammation and chronic pain.
Knee pain rarely occurs without additional symptoms, which could include:
If you have a severe knee injury, you might be unable to straighten the joint properly or bear weight on the affected leg.
The Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team uses nonsurgical methods to treat knee pain. Depending on why you have knee pain and how much pain you’re in, you might benefit from:
The Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center team performs a physical exam of your knee and leg and might order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging scans, such as a CT or MRI, to confirm what’s causing your knee pain.
To discover why you have knee pain and receive effective treatment, call Las Vegas Spine & Pain Center today or book an appointment online.