Knee pain can occur if you suffer an acute injury. It can also develop more slowly from overuse or disease. At Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the board-certified surgeons use cutting-edge diagnostics to determine the cause of your knee pain. They also offer conservative and surgical treatments to resolve your condition and restore mobility. For a solution to your knee pain, call the practice’s Dearborn or Livonia, Michigan, office today, or book an appointment online.
Common causes of knee pain seen at Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine include:
Knee joints have two c-shaped cushions of cartilage called menisci. An injury to one of these cushions is called a meniscus tear. Twisting your knee suddenly, squatting, and heavy lifting can cause a meniscus tear.
In addition to knee pain, you might feel a popping sensation and have problems straightening your leg. The knee might swell, stiffen, and lock in place.
Osteoarthritis causes more chronic knee pain than anything else. It tends to affect older people due to years of joint wear and tear. The bones in your joints lose the slippery covering of cartilage that protects them, so they rub together. The result is chronic pain, stiffness, and weakness that gets steadily worse.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome affects the tissues around your kneecap. It causes a dull aching that worsens after long periods of sitting, walking down stairs, or squatting. Your knee might catch, pop, or grind.
The quadriceps tendon attaches your thigh muscle to your kneecap. A tear is a painful injury that can cause swelling, bruising, cramping, tenderness, an inability to straighten the leg, and difficulty walking.
Each knee has four large ligaments — the anterior cruciate, medial collateral, posterior cruciate, and lateral collateral. They connect the bones and stabilize the joint. Injuries to these ligaments are common, especially when playing sports.
Initially, most causes of knee pain respond well to conservative treatments. Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, options at Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine might include:
These treatments are effective for most patients with knee pain. However, if they don’t work, you might benefit from surgery. Surgery is also necessary at an earlier stage for injuries like fractures and complete ligament ruptures.
Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine surgeons can perform a variety of procedures to relieve knee pain, including:
Following surgery, you undergo specialized physical therapy to ensure your optimal recovery.
To find the cause of your knee pain and its solution, call Dearborn and Livonia Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today, or book an appointment online.