Knee Pain

Restorative Spine & Joint -  - Regenerative Medicine Specialist

Knee pain is one of the most common causes of disability among both adults and children. For all causes of knee pain, see the team at Restorative Spine & Joint. Located in Santa Maria, California, for more than 15 years, the team offers personalized care to help you heal and get back to your favorite activities pain-free. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Knee Pain Q & A

Why does my knee hurt?

Knee pain can arise from any of the anatomical structures of the knee, including:

  • Patella, also called the kneecap
  • Tendons above or below the patella
  • Iliotibial (IT) band, a fibrous band of tissue that runs along the outside of your thigh
  • Hamstrings
  • Meniscus
  • Ligaments surrounding the knee
  • Space within the knee joint
  • Bursa within the knee joint
  • Joint surfaces

Based on the location and type of pain you’re experiencing, the team develops a personalized exam to determine your diagnosis.

What causes knee pain?

Potential causes of knee pain include:

  • Tendinitis
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament sprain
  • Muscle strain
  • Torn meniscus

Some causes of knee pain result in severe swelling, pain, and stiffness, and should be evaluated immediately. Acute injuries and chronic pain lasting more than two weeks should also be assessed to rule out complications and determine a treatment approach that relieves your pain.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

The team diagnoses the cause of your knee pain following a thorough consultation and physical exam. They ask questions about the location of your pain, activities that aggravate it, and if you notice any popping, locking, or clicking in your knee. During your exam, the team measures your knee range of motion and the strength of the surrounding muscles.

Orthopedic tests are performed to assess the function of your knee joint and look for any underlying issues, like arthritis or meniscus damage. You may be referred for X-rays or an MRI, if needed.

Based on your exam and any additional imaging, the team diagnoses your condition and provides treatment recommendations.

How is knee pain treated?

Knee pain is treated based on your symptoms, diagnosis, and level of knee function. In a majority of cases, knee pain resolves with conservative methods, including chiropractic care, rehab, and soft tissue therapy. Regenerative medicine and amniotic allograft treatments have also shown great promise and results for many patients with knee problems.

The team develops a personalized treatment plan to address the cause of your knee pain and focuses on strengthening the structures in your knee to allow for better range of motion, stability, and comfort. The team offers in-office and at-home recommendations to improve your quality of life and help your knees function better without the need for pain medications or surgery.

To set up a visit at Restorative Spine & Joint, call or book online now.

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