Knee & Joint Pain

Joints are the connections between bones in different parts of the body. In addition to helping a person perform regular motions throughout their lives, joints provide important support for their body. When a joint is subjected to trauma, injury, or is affected by certain conditions, individuals may experience varying degrees of pain and discomfort as a result.

As a broad term that can be applied to many areas of the body, joint pain is typically considered to be any type of discomfort, pain, or inflammation that is focused on or around any part of a joint. This can include cartilage, bones, ligaments, tendons, or muscles surrounding a joint in the body.

Joint pain can vary greatly based on a person’s unique circumstances and can be experienced as anything from a mild soreness after specific actions, to severe feelings of pain that can make even limited movement or weight-bearing actions seem impossible.

What Causes Joint Pain?

There are many potential reasons for a person to experience joint paint ranging from accidental injury to arthritis. Joint pain is an extremely common concern among adults, and the possibility of experiencing pain in joints throughout the body increases as a person ages.

One of the most common reasons for a person to experience joint pain is arthritis. The two most common forms of arthritis that can affect individuals are osteoarthritis (known as OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (known as RA).

Osteoarthritis is an increasingly common concern for adults who are over the age of 40, and can have can a progressively problematic concern for commonly used joints such as wrists, hips, and knees. Rheumatoid arthritis is recognized as a leading cause of joint pain that affects more than one million Americans on average. Individuals suffering from this condition experience pain, inflammation and damaging fluid buildup that can worsen over time.

Knee Pain

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons for people to seek help from a medical professional, and the symptoms they experience can come from a variety of sources. Understanding the specific causes of knee pain is an important part of effectively treating the condition and promoting lasting relief.

Because of the complex nature of the knee, the actual cause and most effective methods for treating symptoms, especially pain, can be difficult without help from an experienced professional like Dr. Adams and the team at Progressive Integrated Healthcare in Dallas, TX.

Proper functionality of the knee involves bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are all tightly packed into a small area of the body, and these systems are all subjected to constant daily use as a part of helping a person move and support the weight of their body.

Symptoms of Knee Pain

Aside from the apparent pain focused on the knee, there may be other factors that can help determine the cause of discomfort.

Some additional symptoms that accompany knee pain include:

  • Swelling or joint stiffness
  • Redness of the skin or unusual warmth
  • Joint weakness or stability concerns
  • Strange noises such as popping or crunching sounds

It is important to be honest and thorough when explaining your injury and any additional symptoms you may notice or experience. This information can help Dr. Adams provide accurate, effective treatment recommendations during his diagnosis of your condition.

Potential Causes of Knee Pain

Because the knee is made up of a complex combination of systems that work together closely to provide support and stability for a person, there can be a variety of potential causes for pain and other associated symptoms. These causes range from injury and mechanical problems to arthritis and other concerns.

Some common causes of knee pain include:

  • Trauma – As one of the most injury-prone joints in the body, physical activity or unexpected accidents can cause pain or other problems that can be difficult to cope with. A common source of trauma is tears or injuries to one of the three major ligaments in the knee known as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Another common reason for trauma-related injuries is overuse or overexertion of a tendon including running, jumping, or heavy lifting.
  • Knee Bursitis – Inside the knee are small sacs filled with fluid that protect the outside of the knee while allowing tendons and ligaments to move with ease. A sharp blow to the kneecap or consistent pressure on the knees over time can lead to swelling, pain, stiffness, and warmth in the area.
  • Mechanical Problems – If an injury or other problem causes a piece of bone or cartilage to loosen and drift into the space between your knee joint, it can potentially become a source of pain during movement. Another common concern for individuals who run or cycle regularly is a tightening of the tissue that extends from your hip to your knee which can make movement difficult and painful. Other mechanical concerns include dislocation of the kneecap or even pain in another part of the leg which puts additional pressure on the knee joint.
  • Arthritis – One of the most common causes of knee pain is various forms of arthritis. As a person ages, wear and tear on structures in their body can lead to a variety of troubling conditions that may cause pain and discomfort. Some of the common types of arthritis that can affect the knee include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and septic arthritis.

What are the Other Symptoms of Joint Pain?

It is not uncommon for people who are experiencing joint pain to decide to wait it out or to hope it will go away with a period of rest and relaxation. While it is always good to hope for the best, there are some situations where it is better to seek help from a medical professional immediately if you are experiencing unexpected joint pain.

Dr. Adams and the team at Progressive Integrated Healthcare in Dallas, TX recommends scheduling an appointment to diagnose joint pain and associated symptoms if you don’t know the cause, or if there are other unexplained symptoms.

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Some of the common symptoms associated with joint pain include:

  • Swollen, red, or tender areas around a joint
  • Ongoing, persistent discomfort that does not improve over several days
  • Elevated body temperature or other fever-like feelings
  • Sudden swelling on or near the joint
  • Inability to move or utilize the joint

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if the pain in your joints is causing severe discomfort, the best option is to seek help immediately to have your condition properly diagnosed and treated.

What to Expect

To be sure that your condition is treated safely, and in the best possible way, it is important for Dr. Adams to have an understanding of your symptoms, as well as your medical history and any related concerns that may have affected you in the past. Any activities you were involved in just before or during the time when you first began to experience your pain should also be discussed.

The first step in diagnosing and providing treatment options is a physical examination of the area which may include range of motion tests to determine any conditions that may alleviate or aggravate your symptoms. In some situations, further testing may be required and can be discussed at the time of your appointment.

The specific treatment methods for joint pain will vary depending on the underlying cause and can range from simple rest and application of cold compresses to more complex physical therapy or prescribed medications.

How Dr. Adams can Help

When dealing with knee pain and associated symptoms, it is never a good idea to simply wait and hope the problem will go away with time. As a trained medical professional, Dr. Adams has the experience to ask the right questions and perform the most effective tests needed to help you determine what may be causing your pain, and how to treat it safely.

By being honest and thorough about the symptoms you are experiencing, Dr. Adams can determine the potential causes of your pain, and decide on what tests may be needed for a full diagnosis. Once this is done, he can also give you the guidance and support needed to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will help you recover from your pain in a safe, healthy manner.

To get help with your knee pain, or to find out more about the other conditions we can help treat at Progressive Integrated Healthcare in Dallas, TX be sure to contact our office today to schedule a consultation!