Knee Hurts? Don’t Let It Keep You Down

Doctor examining older patient’s knee on exam table

People who are afflicted with knee pain often think surgery will be needed to regain function and get back to their normal activities, but there are several treatments other than surgery that are effective in alleviating knee pain and helping people return to the activities they enjoy. The medical team at Reflex Knee Specialists offers a variety of non-surgical treatments for knee pain caused by a range of conditions to patients in Oregon, Washington, and Arizona. Here, our medical specialists discuss the treatments available at Reflex Knee Specialists when your knee hurts chronically or due to a prior injury.

 

Conditions Causing Knee Pain

Knee pain is extremely common, affecting people of all ages. It can range from mild and temporary to severe and chronic. Knee pain can be caused by many different conditions and injuries, including:

Knee Arthritis

Knee arthritis is a joint condition characterized by chronic inflammation and degradation of the cartilage inside the knee joint, resulting in knee pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. The most common type of knee arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). Most people who have knee OA have minimal symptoms (such as knee stiffness after sitting for a prolonged period) and are unaware that cartilage damage is already underway. Over a period of several years, the cartilage breakdown continues, resulting in less cushioning over the ends of the bones in the joint. This loss of tissue results in biomechanical dysfunction and compensation patterns develop that often lead to other problems above or below the knee. The medical providers at Reflex Knee Specialists have undergone extensive training with ultrasound, which can detect cartilage damage in its earliest stages, when treatments are the most effective.

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are another common cause of knee pain. There are many different types of injuries, and they can affect different parts of the knees such as the bones, ligaments, tendons, or cartilage. Some common knee injuries that cause knee pain include:

  • Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Torn meniscus
  • Tendon injury
  • Ligament strain (e.g., medial collateral ligament or MCL)
  • Knee dislocation
  • Sprained knee

Depending on the severity and location of the knee injury, the pain can range from minor to severe. Other symptoms can include swelling, limping, stiffness, and loss of range of motion. Minor and moderate knee injuries typically can be treated without surgery, while more severe injuries may require it.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis is another common knee condition that results in knee pain. It typically occurs because of overuse, causing tendons to become inflamed and painful. When the knee undergoes repetitive movements or continuous stress, tendinitis can develop. There are many kinds of tendinitis, including jumper’s knee, which most often develops in athletes.

 

When a patient’s knee pain is recurrent, severe, or starts to interfere with their daily life and activities, they should seek an evaluation by a medical provider. At Reflex Knee Specialists, we use comprehensive knee evaluations and ultrasound knee assessments to diagnose the precise cause of the knee pain and determine how to best treat it.

 

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Knee Pain

When patients struggle with knee pain, they may expect to need knee surgery for treatment. At Reflex Knee Specialists, our experienced medical team employs a wide range of innovative, non-surgical treatments and therapies to help our patients get back to living pain-free without surgery. These treatment options include:

Joint Fluid Therapy

Joint fluid therapy, also known as viscosupplementation, is a non-invasive treatment for knee osteoarthritis. This treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body, into the joint to lubricate it and provide pain relief. Joint fluid therapy works best as a series of treatments, with one series of treatments providing pain relief for up to six months.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is a non-surgical treatment option for knee pain, where a concentrated sample of platelets taken from the patient’s blood is injected into the knee to reduce pain, shut down the production of pro-inflammatory proteins, and to stimulate the lining of the joint (synovium) to produce healthier joint fluid. PRP can be used to treat osteoarthritis, a torn meniscus, tendon and ligament injuries, and more. Usually, patients will undergo one to two PRP treatments, six to eight weeks apart.

Ozone Joint Therapy

Ozone joint therapy is a non-invasive treatment used for patients with osteoarthritis. It involves administering ozone gas into the patient’s knee to help decrease inflammation and alleviate pain. It also helps delay joint damage by deactivating the proteins that break down cartilage tissue. Several studies have demonstrated an augmented benefit when ozone therapy is combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and hyaluronic acid (HA) treatments.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is another option to help treat knee pain and reduce stress on the knee. It is used to correct dysfunctional movement patterns, strengthen the muscles that stabilize the knee, and improve flexibility and range of motion for long-term joint health.

 

Reflex Knee Specialists medical providers also offer knee bracing and knee pain supplements to help reduce pain and improve joint function. At Reflex Knee Specialists, we are dedicated to helping our patients lead active lives free from pain, without the need for surgery. We know surgery may be required in advanced or severe cases, but we encourage our patients to view knee replacement surgery as a last resort after conservative and non-invasive treatments have been tried.

 

Request a Consultation With a Knee Specialist Today

Patients with long-lasting knee pain don’t always need surgical treatment to get back to living their lives pain-free. At Reflex Knee Specialists, our skilled medical team takes an integrative approach to treating chronic knee pain and its causes with non-surgical treatments. With offices in Portland, OR, Bellevue, WA, and Tempe, AZ, patients can access comprehensive and customized treatments for knee pain. Book an appointment with our knee specialists today to learn more about how we can help. Call 503-719-6783 or contact us at Reflex Knee Specialists.

 

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