Unraveling the Mystery of Knee Pain

This article http://articles.chicagotribune.com, published recently in the Chicago Tribune, gives a terrific summary of the various issues which can cause knee pain.  Although many of our patients present to our offices assuming their knee pain is due to arthritis and could require surgery, most knee pain is not due to arthritis.  Even better, most knee pain can be treated without surgery!

No matter the cause of knee pain, treatment often revolves around control of inflammation with a variety of methods such as ice and anti-inflammatory medications (Advil, Aleve, Celebrex) combined with a regimen of exercise to keep the knee strong and stable.  The latter is often accomplished through a course of physical therapy, followed by home exercises.  If those measures fail, the next step is often an injection into the joint.  This can be with cortisone which acts to decrease inflammation or with a type of injection called viscosupplementation (Synvisc, Supartz) which is thought to improve the health of damaged cartilage.  Finally, for a very few patients surgical intervention may be necessary in the form of arthroscopic surgery or knee replacement surgery.

No matter the cause of your knee pain, the physicians at Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery are expertly trained to diagnose and treat your problem so that you can get moving again.  Our physicians provide cutting edge arthroscopic treatments and personalized knee replacement options such as the Signature Knee.

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