Knee pain is a common problem, as most people have had a minor knee problem at one time or another which has caused them to seek knee pain treatment. Almost one in three Americans older than age 45 reports some type of knee pain, and it’s a common reason that people visit their doctors or the emergency room. Injuries are the most common cause of knee problems. These can be sudden (acute) injuries, perhaps caused by a direct blow to the knee or from abnormal twisting, bending the knee, or falling on the knee or they can be overuse injuries which occur with repetitive activities or repeated or prolonged pressure on the knee.
To determine the correct treatment for knee pain, the cause of the pain must first be diagnosed. The knee is the largest joint in the body and while many causes of knee pain can arise from the joint itself, there are numerous structures surrounding the knee that can also be the source of pain. The source of the pain must be determined before a knee joint pain treatment plan can be started
Best Options for Knee Joint Pain Treatment
If you have new knee pain that isn’t severe or disabling, a good rule of thumb is to try treating it yourself first. Knee pain treatments include resting, icing and elevating the affected knee, and sometimes using non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and inflammation. If you don’t notice any improvement in three to seven days, see your orthopedic doctor for a professional opinion of your knee pain and treatment.
For more information on knee pain and treatment, please contact Dr. Zehr at 239-596-0100.