Conditions

Knee Conditions Treated in Portland, OR, Bellevue, WA, and Tempe, AZ

Knee pain is common.

Our way of treating it isn’t.

Knee injuries and painful knee conditions can arise in anyone at any time. However, with a proper care plan, patients can achieve relief from their symptoms and regain quality of life. The non-surgical specialists at Reflex will recommend treatments that will reduce inflammation, improve the quality of your joint (synovial) fluid, keep knee pain under control, and improve mobility. Our comprehensive approach to knee health and treatment helps us to effectively alleviate your knee pain without surgery.

Learn more about the conditions we treat at Reflex Knee Specialists.

Medial Collateral Ligament MCL Injuries

Knee Arthritis

Knee arthritis is a condition that causes cartilage inside the knee joint to deteriorate and break down due to chronic inflammation. Cartilage is a specialized tissue responsible for cushioning the ends of our bones, which allows us to move smoothly. When cartilage deteriorates, it is associated with unpleasant pain when moving and dysfunction of knee biomechanics. Arthritis can appear in one or many areas of the knee, such as beneath the kneecap, on the inner side of the knee, or on the outer side.

Of the several types of knee arthritis, the most common type is osteoarthritis. For severe cases of arthritis, a bone may rub directly onto another bone. In turn, this can cause the production of bone spurs and severe pain during physical activity. A patient’s knee arthritis becomes more serious as cartilage deteriorates with time and friction.

Knee Pain

While knee pain can be a physical symptom of growing older, it also can indicate a more serious issue. Even minor knee pain may indicate a more serious condition is present, so we recommend that anyone who experiences recurrent knee pain be evaluated by a knee specialist. Knee pain may be accompanied by:

Knee pain may be accompanied by trouble straightening the knee fully, stiffness, crunching or popping noises, swelling, weakness, redness, or instability.

Knee pain can develop due to injury or from a disease, such as arthritis. If knee pain is recurrent or begins to interfere with daily life and activities, it is time to see a medical provider.

Knee Injuries

Knees can easily become injured through various activities. This is because there are many parts of the knee, such as bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and others. Whether a patient plays sports, is involved in an accident, or experiences a trip or fall, many activities and circumstances can leave patients susceptible to developing a knee injury. Knee injuries can include:

Knee injuries can include a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), meniscal tears, ligament strains, tendon tears, fractured knee, dislocated knee, or a sprained knee.

If a person has a knee injury, they may experience symptoms such as swelling, popping noises, limping, inability to move the knee, and pain. Although many knee injuries can be treated through physical therapy and bracing, more severe conditions may require surgery.

Torn Meniscus

A torn meniscus is a common knee injury that affects the meniscus, an essential part of the knee made up of fibro-cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the bones (femur and tibia). A torn meniscus can occur easily through improper knee movement. It can develop more easily for individuals with existing conditions or athletes. Depending on the severity and location of the tear, symptoms can appear suddenly or grow worse over time. Symptoms can include:

Depending on the severity and location of the tear, symptoms can appear suddenly or grow worse over time. Symptoms can include locking of the knee, knee instability, popping sensation, inability to completely straighten or bend the knee, swelling, pain, and stiffness.

Several studies have shown that surgery is generally not needed for a torn meniscus; in fact, research has demonstrated physical therapy to be equally effective as surgery for treating a torn meniscus.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis is a common knee condition that develops due to overuse, resulting in a tendon becoming inflamed, irritated, and painful. Tendons connect muscles to bones and help us move efficiently. Tendinitis occurs when the knee undergoes continuous stress and strain. There are many different types of tendinitis, such as jumper’s knee (also called runner’s knee). People with certain jobs, hobbies, and pastimes may be more susceptible to developing tendinitis.

Schedule a Consultation with a Knee Specialist Today

Most patients can improve their quality of life and get back to the activities they love without surgery. The team at Reflex Knee Specialists provides personalized care plans and education so their patients are informed about non-surgical treatment options. They have offices in Portland, Oregon, Bellevue, Washington, and Tempe, Arizona, and accept Medicare and a variety of other insurance plans. Through a comprehensive knee evaluation, our specialists help patients address a variety of issues and make informed decisions. For cutting-edge knee care call 503-719-6783 or contact us online today.