Chronic Knee Pain – Frisco, TX
Long term swelling, discomfort, pain and instability in the knee joint is labeled as Chronic Knee Pain. It does not get healed without formal treatment and may affect both the knees at the same time. Chronic knee pain is different from temporary knee pain it is persistent while the latter is temporary. Elderly people and sports persons are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

Causes Of Chronic Knee Pain

Chronic Knee Pain is generally caused by multiple reasons and over a period of time. These may include the following:

  • Repeated injuries or trauma caused to the joint
  • Degeneration of the joint due to osteoarthritis
  • Bursitis which is inflammation of the joint due to overuse
  • Accumulation of uric acid leads to the development of gout
  • The damage to the tendons
  • Injury or damage to the cartilage pad under the knee cap or Chondromalacia Patella
  • Osteosarcoma or bone tumors in or near the joint
  • Ligament tears
  • Dislocation of any bone within the joint
  • Presence of excessive synovial fluid in the joint (Bakers cyst)
  • Injuries caused due to lack of warm up and cool down during sport activities/physical exercise
  • Having a bad posture
  • Joint infections
  • Sprain or strain of the joint

Symptoms Of Chronic Knee Pain

  • Constant and chronic pain in the joint
  • swelling
  • redness
  • the joint feels tender when touched
  • change in gait
  • burning sensation in the knee
  • pain and discomfort is aggravated by physical activity

Diagnosis Of Chronic Knee Pain

  • Detailed physical examination of the joint by the orthopedic
  • x-ray imaging
  • blood tests
  • MRI scan or a CT scan
  • Analysis of the patient’s medical history, lifestyle and symptoms reported
  • Biopsy may be required in some cases to see the cause of damage caused to hurt

Treatment For Chronic Knee Pain

  • Rest
  • Suitable medicines may be prescribed to control pain and swelling
  • Physical Therapy is very essential to restore joint strength and flexibility
  • Injecting corticosteroids directly into the joint
  • Surgical repair of torn or damaged ligaments or other soft tissue structures
  • Surgical removal of kneecap cartilage or transplanting it in case the damage is severe
  • Use of good and soft shoes that protect the feet
  • Ice packs may be applied
  • A cushion may b placed between the legs while sleeping as it supports the knee
  • Avoid running on hard surfaces
  • Posture should be maintained so that the body weight is distributed ideally
  • Maintain an ideal body weight so that the joint is not stressed
  • Practise warm up and cool down before and after an exercise every time