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    As an active young adult, you’re especially prone to knee injuries that too often leave you sidelined from your favorite activities. Redefine Healthcare’s pain doctors quickly diagnose and treat any knee pain, whether it develops over time as you age or is caused by an awkward twist while attempting a jump shot. In addition to effective treatment, you will also know how to prevent long-term knee pain caused by improper rotation and demanding stress on the joint. Don’t lose any more time. Call today for an evaluation and the best knee treatment in northern New Jersey.

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    Anatomy of Knee Pain

    If you’re suffering from knee discomfort, you’re not alone. Every year, around 18 million Americans seek medical treatment for knee pain. It affects people of all ages and can be caused by disease or injury. Because the knee is so important for mobility, pain in this joint can be debilitating.

    While you can relieve minor pain with rest and home care, more severe cases often require professional medical treatment. Seek the best care in New Jersey at Redefine Healthcare, where knee pain specialists have extensive experience diagnosing and treating all kinds of knee pain.

    Knee Pain Symptoms

    Your knees’ complexity provides strength and flexibility. However, the complexity also means that several different sections of the knee can cause discomfort. You may experience pain in the front or back of the knee, as well as pain behind the knee or in the inner knee. The symptoms you’re having, as well as their location, can help your doctor in determining the cause.

    Some of the most common symptoms include:

    • General stiffness and inflexibility
    • Crunchy and popping sensations whenever you bend or straighten your knee
    • Swelling and redness around the knee joint that’s warm to the touch

    While you should seek professional advice with any knee pain, the following symptoms should be evaluated by an expert as soon as possible:

    • Inability to stand normally
    • Significant swelling
    • Limited knee movement
    • Pain caused by an injury that does not heal
    • A red and swollen knee, accompanied by a fever

    Causes of Knee Pain

    Knee pain is so common because the joint can be hurt in so many different ways.

    The following are the most common causes of knee pain:

    • Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Also referred to as runner’s knee, this condition is usually a result of a misaligned kneecap. The pain is characterized by a grinding or crunchy sensation and worsens when you extend your leg or climb stairs.
    • Patellar tendonitis. This condition, often called jumper’s knee, describes pain in the muscle and tendon that connects the front of your thigh to your upper knee. It is most common in athletes that participate in jumping sports, such as basketball and volleyball.
    • Bursitis. This condition results from the inflammation of your knee’s bursa sacks. It can be caused by either prolonged kneeling or a sudden injury.
    • Iliotibial band syndrome. The iliotibial band is a band of tissue that runs from the outside of your hip to the outside of your knee. It can get so tight in runners and cyclists that it irritates the femur bone.
    • Knee injuries. Dislocations, fractures, ligament tears, and knee sprains can all cause significant knee pain.

    Although one of the most common causes of injury is sports, arthritic diseases also account for a significant portion of knee pain issues.

    These diseases include:

    • Gout. Uric acid crystals form in joints such as the knee due to high levels of uric acid. Gout can cause severe pain and eventually joint damage.
    • Rheumatoid arthritis. This condition occurs when your body’s cells attack the tissues that protect your joints. It is five times more common in women than in men and often appears between the ages of 20 and 50.
    • Osteoarthritis. Otherwise known as wear-and-tear arthritis, it’s a degenerative condition where the knee cartilage breaks down over time and may even create bone spurs.

    When Should I See Knee Pain Doctors?

    You should see an expert pain management doctor for your knee pain if a forceful injury causes it. It is also best to seek a physician’s help for proper therapy if swelling, redness, warmth around the joint, or fever accompany your knee pain. If your knee looks deformed or it is painful to stand on, seek medical attention immediately.

    How Is the Knee Pain Diagnosed?

    For the proper diagnosis, your knee pain doctor may perform several tests. Generally, knee pain diagnosis entails the following procedures:

    • Radiologic tests. These tests X-ray scans of the knee.
    • Blood tests. These tests can detect gout, arthritis, or other medical conditions.
    • Arthrocentesis. A small amount of joint fluid will be extracted from your knee.

    Knee Pain Treatment

    During your initial consultation with one of Redefine Healthcare’s knee pain specialists, a physician will perform a thorough physical exam and learn about your symptoms. Inform your doctor about any recent injuries and all of your symptoms. To rule out an infection, you may undergo imaging and/or lab tests, such as arthrocentesis.

    How your knee pain is treated is determined by the cause of your discomfort. As the first line of defense, people frequently use rest, ice, and heat.

    If relief of knee pain at home wasn’t practical, alternative treatment options include:

    • Medications. Your doctor may recommend pain relievers or drugs to lower the uric acid for gout.
    • Physical therapy. Trained specialists can create an exercise regimen to strengthen and improve the flexibility of your knee.
    • Injections. Shots for knee pain involve several medicines that reduce pain and swelling.
    • Surgery. Surgical procedures are available if the other methods, like arthroscopic surgery and partial or total knee replacement, are ineffective.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What Types of Injections Are Used to Treat Knee Pain?

    Redefine Healthcare offers several types of injections to effectively relieve joint pain and help you start physical therapy or other exercises necessary to strengthen the muscles that support the knee. Your doctor can decide which, if any, therapy is most appropriate based on your history, symptoms, and clinical findings. The two main types of injections suitable for most patients include:

    • Corticosteroid Injection. Injectable corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs that act directly on nuclear steroid receptors, interfering with the inflammatory and immune cascade at multiple levels. They help relieve redness, swelling, heat, and tenderness of the inflamed joint and increase mobility when delivered into the knee. Corticosteroid injections have rare side effects and are commonly used for the relief of moderate to severe pain in those diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. In most people, a corticosteroid injection provides pain relief that lasts for many months, but for some patients, benefits may be relatively short-lived, up to four weeks.
    • Hyaluronic Acid Injection. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally produced by your body and found in the synovial fluid that surrounds joints. It acts as a lubricant and shock absorber, preventing your bones from grinding. Injecting hyaluronic acid directly into the knee joint can temporarily restore the lubricating and shock-absorbing effects of synovial fluid as well as provide disease-modifying effects such as reduced synovial inflammation, protection against cartilage erosion, and stimulation of the body’s hyaluronic acid synthesis. These injections are commonly used in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Depending on your specific case, you may require a single injection or a series of injections administered once a week.

    The following are some of the newer types of knee injections that your doctor may recommend as part of a comprehensive treatment plan:

    • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection. Platelet-rich plasma injections contain platelet-rich liquid that is high in growth factors and biologically active molecules and is derived from a centrifuged sample of the patient’s own blood. Platelets actively participate in healing processes when injected into the target area, lowering inflammation, relieving pain, enhancing function, and facilitating cartilage regeneration. These injections are used to treat tendon tears, muscle injuries, arthritis-related pain, tendinitis, and injured joints. There have been no major complications reported for the procedure, with the only short-term adverse effects being moderate pain, swelling, and excess fluid around a joint in some patients.
    • Stem Cell Injection. Stem cells are unique cells that take on the properties of the cells around them, such as cells that help repair damaged tissue. Stem cells are collected from the patient’s own body, most commonly from fat tissue, blood, or bone marrow. They can suppress inflammation, decrease cartilage deterioration, and/or reduce knee pain when administered in injections. Knee pain relief with stem cell therapy is usually quick and continues to improve over time. With this treatment, many patients can avoid or postpone the need for surgery.

    How Do I Know if My Knee Pain is Serious?

    If left ignored, a severe knee ache can lead to osteoarthritis, joint pain, or disability. Even if your knee pain is not excruciating, it might result in severe problems in the future. Hence, it is best to consult a knee pain specialist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment options for knee pain.

    Your knee pain may be severe if consistent or occurring together with swelling, redness, tenderness, or fever. If the joint appears deformed, you heard a popping sound at the time of the injury, or you are unable to stand on the leg, our physicians can help you resolve these issues.

    How Long Does Pain and Stiffness Last After Knee Replacement?

    You should expect to stay in the hospital for several days following your knee replacement surgery. Your knee pain doctors will prescribe you medication to help deal with the pain. The intensity of pain varies from patient to patient. Pain and swelling usually go away three months following surgery. However, some people are able to resume their normal activities much sooner.

    What Causes Pain on the Inner Side of the Knee?

    Pain on the inner side of the knee is prevalent in the elderly. It usually results from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury, medial meniscus injury, pes anserine bursitis, medial plica irritation, or knee contusion.

    Most causes of inner knee pain can relate to a previous injury. Your doctors can prescribe you some knee exercises to relieve your inner knee pain.

    How to Stop Knee Pain?

    Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are standard guidelines for relieving knee pain. The goal is to avoid over-resting in order to prevent weakening the muscles. Consult your doctor about an appropriate exercise program for your injury. Some cardio, weight training, and stretching may be necessary to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee and relieve pain. Avoid high-impact exercises until your knee heals.

    Losing weight can also stop your knee pain by decreasing pressure on the joints. You can also use a crutch or knee brace to help with stability if necessary. Acupuncture may also be beneficial for your knee pain. You can also use an ice pack to numb the pain and use heat after that.

    Whatever treatment for knee pain option you choose, it is always best to consult a specialist to ensure that your knee heals safely and quickly.

    How Much Does Treatment for Knee Pain Cost?

    Before starting treatment, doctors determine the most effective therapeutic regimen in terms of both time and cost. The approximate cost of pain relief injections is $1500. The price of arthroscopic knee surgery can range from $5,700 to $23,650. If a total knee replacement is needed, the full fee can be around $50,000. When it comes to physical therapy, the severity of a condition determines the cost.

    What Does Physical Therapy Entail?

    Knee pain treatment offers an alternative to medications or surgical interventions. Your doctor creates a physical therapy plan aimed to strengthen muscles without straining your knees. Exercises for knee pain may include:

    • Half squats
    • Leg raises
    • Leg extensions
    • Hamstring curls

    To avoid complications, do not exercise without professional supervision.

    Will My Insurance Cover Hyaluronic Acid Injection?

    Yes, certain insurance companies, including Medicare, will cover a hyaluronic acid injection to relieve knee pain. Typically, coverage is provided for a medically necessary injection once every six months. Common I injection types, such as corticosteroid injections, can also be covered. However, you may be denied coverage for PRP shots and stem cell injections due to a lack of evidence of efficacy.

    Are Knee Injections Painful?

    Knee injections are administered in the same manner as any other type of shot. In general, knee injections are quick and painless, although there may be a small pinch followed by mild discomfort.

    For knee pain relief, rely on the knee pain experts at Redefine Healthcare with convenient locations in Union, Paterson, Clifton, Teaneck, West Caldwell, and Edison, NJ. Contact us today for an appointment to get off the sidelines and back into the game.

    Seeing Dr. Freeman for my crps in my foot and going to physical therapy there as well and the staff is amazing! They genuinely listen to you and don’t make you feel crazy. Everyone is so nice and friendly and they are really helping me make progress.


    Page Updated on Nov 10, 2022 by Dr. Freeman (Pain Management Specialist) of Redefine Healthcare Dr. Eric D. Freeman

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman is a top-rated, best-in-class pain management doctor. He is a nationally recognized pain relief specialist and is among the top pain care doctors in New Jersey and the country. He is an award-winning expert and contributor to prominent media outlets.

    Dr. Eric D. Freeman has been recognized for his thoughtful, thorough, modern approach to treating chronic pain. He has been named a “top pain management doctor in New Jersey” and one of “America’s Top Physicians” for advanced sports injury treatments.

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