Knee pain is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. The knee is a hinge joint composed of bone, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. As all components of the knee may be vulnerable to various injuries, people of all ages and lifestyles can experience knee pain.
If you are experiencing severe pain or swelling in your knee, or if it feels unstable or difficult to move, then it’s time to schedule your appointment with the orthopedic specialists at NJ Spine and Wellness. Our knowledgeable doctors are here to examine your knee to find any underlying issues and come up with a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle.
Causes of Knee Pain
The location of your knee pain will help us determine what’s causing the discomfort and which of this joint’s structures are involved. It may be that your whole knee feels swollen and painful, or the pain could be isolated to one specific location. You may even feel that the pain is radiating from the back of your knee. All these clues can help us come up with a diagnosis.
Some of the more common causes of knee pain include:
- Ligament tears and injuries
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Symptoms of Knee Pain
From sports injuries to everyday wear and tear, knee pain can be debilitating if not treated properly.
Symptoms of knee pain include:
- Instability or weakness
- The inability to straighten the knee
- Crunching, popping, or grinding of the joint
Treatments for Knee Pain
Avoiding activities that aggravate your knee and at-home treatments such as using ice and taking anti-inflammatories may help reduce knee pain and swelling. However, sometimes home remedies alone are not enough.