The knee is a complex joint composed of bone, tendons, cartilage, and muscle. When any of these components becomes damaged or inflamed, knee pain can occur. Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
Dr. Nickson recognizes that knee pain can have many different causes. When a patient comes into Next Step Orthopedics with this condition, he will begin by performing a thorough examination of the knee and collecting detailed information about the patient’s symptoms. He may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs, to visualize the inside of the knee. Once he has determined the cause of the patient’s knee pain, he can recommend various treatment options.
A variety of treatments may improve a patient’s knee pain. The exact treatment options Dr. Nickson recommends will depend on the cause of the pain. For example, some types of knee pain may require only rest, ice, and/or physical therapy. Other types of knee pain, such as pain caused by arthritis, may benefit from certain oral medications. In cases where the tendons or ligaments are damaged, Dr. Nickson may recommend minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.
In many cases, patients will have more than one treatment option. Dr. Nickson will explain each option in detail so that patients can make the choice that’s right for them.
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