Knee pain is a common problem that occurs in about 25% of adults. Usually, it’s due to osteoarthritis, but activities like sports, gardening, and physically demanding work can also contribute to knee pain. At South Bay Wellness Center in San Jose, California, Jay Ebadat, DC, uses safe and integrative treatments to help teenage and adult patients manage their knee pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Knee Pain Q&A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain refers to any discomfort, stiffness, or aching that affects one or both knee joints. It can often result from an injury, such as a torn ligament or overextended muscle. However, knee pain can also point to a more serious underlying health problems like arthritis, gout, or an infection.
Most types of knee pain respond to conservative, at-home treatments. If it persists for longer than two weeks or negatively affects your mobility, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
Common indications of knee pain include:
- Stiffness and swelling
- Redness and warmth
- Instability or weakness
- Popping or crunching noises
As knee pain progresses over time, you might also find it difficult to put weight on your knee or straighten your leg.
Who is at risk of knee pain?
Knee pain affects people of all genders, ages, and races, but several factors may increase your risk. These factors include being overweight or obese, playing certain sports that put stress on your knees, or having a history of previous injuries.
You’re also more likely to experience knee pain if your muscles lack flexibility and strength. This is more likely if you live a sedentary lifestyle and fail to exercise regularly.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
At South Bay Wellness Center, Dr. Ebadat diagnoses knee pain by reviewing your medical history, asking about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducting a comprehensive physical exam. During the physical, Dr. Ebadat evaluates the integrity and structures of your knee, tests your knee’s range-of-motion, and inspects your knee for swelling or visible bruising.
If a physical observation isn’t enough to make a diagnosis, Dr. Ebadat might order an ultrasound, MRI, or digital X-rays to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft-tissue structures in your knee.
How is knee pain treated?
Treatment for knee pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Usually, Dr. Ebadat recommends conservative, holistic measures that compliment your body’s natural healing process. Depending on the source of your knee pain, he might recommend:
- Decompression therapy with Ergo Flex Technologies’ Knee On Trac
- Cold laser therapy
- Anodyne® infrared light therapy
- Knee support using braces or crutches
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitation exercises
If you suffer from knee pain, you might also benefit from exercise modifications or chiropractic adjustments. Ultimately, treatment aims to ease pain, improve mobility, and restore your quality of life.
Don’t let knee pain keep you sidelined. Call the office at South Bay Wellness Center to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.