We often do not realize how much we use our knees until they begin to pain us. Whether a flight of stairs induces a throbbing sensation or a morning jog requires hours of icing after, these joints are crucial to our daily life. Both temporary knee pain due to an injury or a chronic condition can take their toll on your productivity, and at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates, we understand that New Yorkers can’t be slowed down by nagging knee pain. It is our goal to uncover the underlying issue and offer treatment that allows you to quickly return to your day to day activities.
One of the more common injuries associated with sports activities, a torn ligament can be very painful and limit your mobility. While there are four ligaments in the knee that are prone to injury, one of the more common ones is the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. This type of injury typically occurs during a sudden change of direction, and individuals often notice symptoms soon after.
Do you experience knee pain when you climb a set of stairs? Many notice a definite sense of knee inflammation after activities that involve an incline, and this often points to tendinitis. Also referred to as jumper’s knee, sports that put a strain on the tendons in the knee area can lead to this condition. In general, overuse of this joint can lead to tendonitis, explaining why you experience issues after running.
A less severe version of a torn ligament, a torn meniscus is also caused by a weight shift that requires your knee to turn quickly. Symptoms of this type of injury include swelling, pain, and an inability to fully extend your knee. In some instances, a torn meniscus can be treated with pain relievers, rest, and ice, while others find that medical attention is required.
Severe impact, including a sports injury or hard fall, can cause the tendons in the knee to tear and may cause a dislocation of the kneecap. This is a painful condition that requires prompt medical attention, as a dislocated knee can disrupt blood flow to your foot and will severely impede your ability to walk. In some instances, symptoms of a dislocated knee may be serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.
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The intricate nature of our knees requires a thorough examination to determine the underlying cause, and at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates, our team is dedicated to making this visit as comfortable as possible. Depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing and if any injury was associated with your knee pain, we may utilize a number of diagnostic tools. By utilizing imaging such as X rays or MRI, engaging your knee in a specific set of movements, or simply visually examining the area, we can determine the cause of your knee pain and develop a treatment plan that gets you back to enjoying life once again.
Swelling in the knee is a clear indication that something is amiss, but often does not point to the exact issue. Your doctor will likely spend some time compressing the area to feel for excess fluid and also to determine if your kneecap is positioned normally. In many cases, you may be asked to bend your knee while laying on your back or squatting to listen for any clicking sounds or note when any pain is present. This can assist us in diagnosing tendonitis along with a number of other conditions.
While the above tests will also help to determine if there is a torn meniscus, the cartilage that cushions your knee, other specific procedures can assess if there is ligament damage. Side to side movements as well as placing stress on the knee are ways that our team can accurately diagnose an ACL injury. We may also rely on an x-ray or MRI to gain a better understanding of the extent of the tear.
It’s our goal to make the diagnosis process as easy as possible, and we will do everything we can to make you comfortable. Keep in mind that to properly assess and treat a knee injury, it is essential to gain a full understanding of the problem. At Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates, we’ll partner with you to diagnose your knee concerns in the most efficient manner possible and guide you through each of the tests we perform.
Relieving you of your knee pain and helping you get back to your busy life is the primary goal at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates. Once we have determined the cause of your knee pain, our doctors will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Depending on the exact issue, there are a variety of methods that may be implemented to get you back on your feet again.
Some instances of knee pain are treatable through rest and medication, whether it be pain relievers or prescriptions that address arthritis or other conditions. These minimally invasive options are often coupled with physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your knee. Exercises that focus on the front and back of your thigh are most effective, as well as working to improve your balance and posture.
Conditions that are associated with repeated inflammation can be addressed using injections to relieve pain and reduce swelling. Perhaps the most common type of injection is a corticosteroid, and while these shots may last several months, they are not fully effective for all patients. Hyaluronic acid works to lubricate the knee joint and can relieve pain, with relief lasting an average of six months. Additionally, injections of platelet-rich plasma can help in younger patients to promote healing.
Serious injury to the knee may require surgery in order to restore proper functionality and provide the maximum benefits of pain relief and healing. Today’s medical technology allows doctors to perform some procedures arthroscopically which greatly reduces downtime while recovering. This type of surgery can be utilized to remove loose bodies from the knee, repair torn ligaments, and repair or remove cartilage.
Knee injuries that are severe may necessitate a partial or full knee replacement. This surgery is not selected lightly, and the team at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates will discuss this option with you in great detail. Most patients require at least six weeks of recovery time after this type of procedure. The team at Manhattan Pain & Sports Associate will always opt for the least invasive treatment that solves your issue, as it is our goal to get you back to your daily life as soon as possible.
When you’re too busy to let knee pain slow you down, contact Manhattan Pain & Sports Associates to discover the treatment options that are right for you. We take the time to ensure you’re happy, healthy, and ready to resume your favorite activities pain-free.
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