Pain in or around the knee may arise from a variety of conditions including sprains/strains, arthritis, gout, ligament tears, meniscus tears, knee dislocations, painful knee replacements. Knee pain may present with popping, crunching, swelling, stiffness, weakness, or instability. Sometimes pain from other areas of the body, such as the back or hip can radiate to the knee. A diagnosis is made based on a thorough history and physical exam, imaging studies (X-ray, CT, MRI), and sometimes lab studies.
Knee Pain Treatments
Minor knee pain often responds to simple over-the-counter drugs (to relieve pain and inflammation), mild exercises, lifestyle and activity modification, stretching, bracing, and physical therapy. If the pain persists and a more aggressive treatment plan is needed, there are many different treatment options. Potential treatments include steroid injections, viscosupplementation / hyaluronic acid injections, nerve blocks, regenerative injections (PRP, bone marrow), and surgery.