If you’re one of the millions of Americans who live with knee pain, it’s time to get help. The health care professionals at Accelerated Medical in Elko, Nevada, offer expert diagnosis and treatment for the many injuries and conditions that cause knee pain. Call Accelerated Medical today or schedule a consultation online if knee pain is interfering with your quality of life.
Knee Pain Q & A
What are the common causes of knee pain?
Aging, injury, and repeated stress are the most common causes of knee pain. Your pain might be due to a combination of factors:
As you age, your body’s ability to repair itself slows, and as a result, your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other tissue becomes dry, thin, and weak. These changes increase your vulnerability to a variety of injuries and degenerative conditions. Additionally, your risk of developing osteoarthritis increases with age.
Knee pain is often due to either traumatic or chronic injuries. Ligament tears, meniscus tears, tendonitis, and bursitis are common knee injuries. You might also fracture your patella or another bone in your knee or sustain an iliotibial band injury or knee cap dislocation.
Your knees absorb around one and a half times your body weight with every step you take. Over time, this repeated stress and movement can contribute to degenerative conditions and repetitive strain injuries. A muscle imbalance caused by abnormalities in your feet, ankles, or hips might exacerbate your pain.
When should I talk to a health care provider about knee pain?
You should visit Accelerated Medical if you have knee pain that lasts for more than a few days. A minor injury should go away with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication.
Additionally, if you have a traumatic injury, perhaps while playing a sport or during a car accident, contact Accelerated Medical right away. If you have trouble walking, severe swelling, or a visible deformity, don’t delay treatment.
How is knee pain treated?
After examining your knee to identify the cause of your pain, your provider at Accelerated Medical creates a customized treatment plan to heal your knee, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities. Depending on your condition, they might combine any of the following treatments into your personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plan.
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
- Physiotherapy and rehabilitation (e.g., ultrasound, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation)
- Corrective exercises
- Custom orthotics
Accelerated Medical might also recommend lifestyle modifications and nutritional advice to enhance your overall health and reduce your risk of future knee pain. Often losing weight reduces the stress on your knees as well as your pain and risk of injury.
Call Accelerated Medical today or make an appointment online if you have knee pain that’s keeping you from regular activities.