Knee pain can stop you from enjoying life, whether you’re on your feet cooking or you like to jog on the weekends. At Advanced Pain Institute in Encino, Arcadia, and Pasadena, California, interventional pain specialist Isaac Michael MineHart, MD, invests in high-quality pain management technology and equipment to diagnose and treat knee pain. Call the practice today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
The knee is one of the most complex joints in the human body, where the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shin bone) connect. The patella, or kneecap, covers the joint for protection, while flexible cartilage covers the ends of the connecting bones. The knee is vulnerable to injury and wear and tear, since it provides movement for the legs and support for the upper body.
Common causes of knee pain include:
Arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that causes swollen joints. The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). While osteoarthritis causes the cartilage around the joint to break down, RA is an autoimmune disease that affects the lining inside the joint.
The menisci are thick pieces of cartilage that sit between the femur and tibia to absorb shock. Tears in the menisci can lead to chronic pain and instability in the knee.
The ACL is an essential ligament that prevents the femur and tibia from shifting out of place. ACL injuries are among the most common and severe causes of knee instability. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is also vulnerable to wear and tear and trauma.
CRPS is a complex condition that typically causes long-lasting pain in a single arm or leg. Leg pain from CRPS can target the knee, making it difficult to walk or bear weight without pain.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels from diabetes can damage your nerves and joints, leading to knee joint pain.
Diagnosing pain in a complex joint like a knee typically requires a physical exam and imaging scans. Dr. MineHart may order an X-ray, computed tomography (CT), or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to effectively diagnose your condition. He may also perform an arthroscopic procedure, which allows him to see inside your knee.
The best treatment for your knee pain depends on its cause. After diagnosing your condition, Dr. MineHart may recommend:
Dr. MineHart offers reasonable pricing for all patients, and is happy to serve both lien patients and personal injury patients. Call Advanced Pain Institute today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about knee pain.