Knee Pain Q&A
What causes knee pain?
Your knees bear the brunt of every step you take, and whenever you transition between standing and sitting positions, they support your body weight as you move. As a result, your knees are extremely vulnerable to both acute injuries and chronic, degenerative conditions.
In addition to pain, common signs of a knee injury include:
- Swelling and inflammation
- Stiffness and reduced mobility
- Inability to fully extend or straighten your knee
Some common causes of knee pain include degenerative or overuse conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis. You may also have an acute injury such as an ACL tear, fracture, or torn meniscus.
Your risk for knee pain is higher if you’re overweight. Also, if you play sports that involve a lot of jumping, sprinting, and sudden directional changes, like basketball or soccer, your chances of a knee injury increase.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
The providers at Denali Medical Center diagnose the cause of your knee pain with a comprehensive physical exam. Your provider talks to you about your symptoms, lifestyle, and personal and family medical histories.
They may ask you to walk around the office or guide you through a series of movements and gentle stretches to gauge your pain and how it affects your mobility. They also look for signs of swelling or inflammation in your knee.
Your provider may request diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs as well to identify the condition causing your pain.
How is joint pain treated?
The team at Denali Medical Center provides customized treatments that address not just your symptoms, but also the condition causing your knee pain. We often prescribe RenuO2 oxygenated vitamin injections.
RenuO2 injections stimulate your body’s natural healing ability. Your provider injects an infusion of oxygen and nutrients into your knee, flooding it with everything it needs to generate new cells and heal the injury or condition causing your pain.
The injection stimulates a temporary blood supply, boosting the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your damaged tissues. The result is improved strength and stability with a decrease in pain and inflammation. That’s why RenuO2 is often an effective treatment for the knees and other joints in your body that don’t have an independent blood supply.
If you have chronic knee pain or recently sustained an injury that is keeping you from the activities you love, call Denali Medical Center or make an appointment online today for expert treatment.
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