Knee Pain

I have been Dr. Carlisle’s patient for 10 months. I have bulging disks in my cervical spine, lumbar spine, and radiating pain my shoulders and down my legs. I have had this miserable, depressing, chronic pain all my adult life. Dr. Carlisle has taken a direct approach with my treatment of medication and facet injections. With Dr. Carlisle, treatment for my chronic pain is under control. Dr. Carlisle has a caring bedside manner and is genuinely concerned about my well-being. Dr. Carlisle has saved my life. –  DM

Knee pain can originate from degenerative diseases, fractures, tears, dislocations, and sprains of the knee. The knee joint is complex and easy to injure due to a variety of reasons such as falls, accidents, sports participation, and age. Some knee injuries require less-invasive, or non-surgical, treatment such as physical therapy or wearing a knee brace. Other more extensive injuries can require surgery.

Your knee is made up of several components – bones, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage – and are connected to important muscle groups in the leg. Any of these parts can become injured or damaged by disease or because of an unfortunate accident.

Signs of knee injuries or disease, such as osteoarthritis, may include:

  • Pain, either with or without movement
  • Swelling
  • Feeling like the knee locks up when trying to move it
  • Instability or weakness in the knee

Arthritic conditions, such as osteoarthritis [Link to Arthritis page] and rheumatoid arthritis, fractures, tears, sprains, and dislocations can all cause knee pain, swelling, and immobility. If your knee pain is relatively recent or if you think it may be due to a minor injury, your pain may clear up through the following actions:

  • Rest the leg and knee associated with the pain and/or injury
  • Treat the area with a cold pack – use for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not place the ice pack directly on skin.
  • Avoid heat – this is will cause increased swelling and pain
  • Avoid athletic participation or any other activity that may cause further strain or injury
  • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to treat the immediate pain

If you choose to treat your knee pain or injury at home, you must be sure you do not re-injure or cause further damage to the knee. If your knee pain persists more than 48 hours, you should make an appointment for medical evaluation.

Learn more about causes and treatments for knee pain.

Contact Omega Rehabilitation and Spine today. James L. Carlisle, MD can evaluate and help plan effective treatment for occasional or chronic pain. If pain is a persistent or long-lasting problem in your everyday life, you shouldn’t wait a minute longer. Call today.