There can be many causes of knee pain. We must remember that the knee is a joint therefore over time can become worn out from normal wear and tear, but there can be many other causes also.
Treatment can vary depending on the severity of the pain. There are many types of treatments available today for chronic and acute knee pain. The severity of the cause of the pain also plays a major role in choosing a treatment for knee pain.
When an individual is experiencing knee pain they also have joint stiffness, swelling, and heat in the joint. At the first signs of swelling and heat in the knee joint, a person should seek medical treatment to prevent further damage to the knee. Inflammation and heat in the knee joint could be a symptom of infection.
Knee pain has no age discrepancy and can affect individuals of all ages and for a variety of reasons. When the person knows the cause of the knee pain it makes it easier to seek treatment, ease the pain, and increase mobility.
The knee consists of bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. All of these are capable of injury or disease, that can cause knee pain.
Treatment depends on what is causing the knee pain or what the injury to the knee is. In some cases, medication will be prescribed to ease the pain. Resting the knee can also be an option as well as therapy. Strengthening the muscles that support the knee can be beneficial in easing knee pain and preventing future injuries. The therapy prescribed depends on what area of the knee is injured. Braces can also help reduce knee pain and give the extra support needed to help strengthen the muscles in the knee. There are also different types of injections available if your physicians recommend them. These injections would go directly into the knee joint. Some of the injections are corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, or PRP. If injects and therapy doesn’t work you may require surgery in severe cases.
A new and upcoming option for treatment is stem cell for knees. This is a regenerative type of medicine that uses a person’s own body as a natural healing mechanism. Stem cell therapy can treat many different injuries in various areas of the body. Stem cells are gathered from bone marrow and adipose tissue (fat) and used to increase the healing of tissues that are diseased or injured. This can be used in the treatment of fractures, defects, and injuries. Stem cell therapy has been proven to be very effective. This type of therapy has enabled many pro athletes to continue to be successful after the stem cell treatment is complete. With the advancing technologies collecting the bone marrow and adipose for stem cells has become easier. These advancements have made this type of therapy more appealing to the physician and the patients. Stem cell therapy is gaining popularity among other professions also not just in pro athletes.