Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in the greater Nashville, Tennessee Area
Some 100 million people in the United States are living with chronic knee pain. Whether you have arthritis or another joint condition causing your pain, you know it can force you to miss out on the active life you enjoy. Let Brandon Downs, MD, at Orthopaedic Specialists help. Serving people in Fairview, Nashville, Dickson, Ashland City, Kingston Springs, Centerville and Gallatin, Tennessee, the orthopedic team are experts in diagnosing and treating common causes of knee pain. Make your first appointment by phone or online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What are the common causes of knee pain?
Getting regular exercise is an important part of living a healthy life at any age, but knee pain can make it hard to live an active lifestyle. Overuse, injury, and age can all injure the bones and tendons in the knee, causing pain. If you feel pain in or around your knee, you could have one of the following conditions:
- IT band syndrome
- Meniscal tear
If you’re over age 50, arthritis is a leading cause of knee pain. Arthritis is the deterioration of the protective cartilage between joints that makes them move smoothly. It leads to inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness. It can affect one or both knees.
When should I go to the doctor for knee pain?
It’s a good idea to make a doctor’s appointment if knee pain doesn’t go away on its own within a few days. Signs that your knee pain needs medical care include:
- Joint weakness
- Inability to bear weight on the leg
- Difficulty walking
- Changes in the way your knee looks
Visible swelling and bruising, increasing pain, and the knee giving out are all signs that your knee injury may not heal on its own. Don’t ignore knee pain. Trust Dr. Downs and the team at Orthopaedic Specialists to diagnose and treat your knee pain effectively.
What are my treatment options for knee pain?
Many people suffering from knee pain find relief with the help of a knee brace. A brace stabilizes the joint, which can speed healing from injury and help prevent pain. Other assistive devices like a walker or a cane can help people with knee issues maintain an independent life.
For pain caused by arthritis, Orthopaedic Specialists offer minimally invasive treatments that reduce inflammation in as little as one session. Dr. Downs may propose knee replacement surgery to patients with severe, ongoing knee pain that isn’t remedied with other methods.
Physical therapy for knees treats pain by strengthening muscles with controlled movements and exercises. It can be a great addition to your pain management plan, whether or not you have a knee replacement.
Schedule your first appointment online today or call the office location that’s closest to you.
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