What are the leading causes of knee pain? Since the knee is such a complicated system of tendons, ligaments, muscles, cartilage, fascia, and bone, there are multiple reasons someone could be experiencing pain. These injuries and sources of tissue damage inevitably cause inflammation, which is the primary source of joint pain.
As the tissues swell and the area fills with fluid, even relatively minor injuries or damage can result in tremendous, often immobilizing pain. Standing up and walking can become seemingly impossible feats, necessitating drastic intervention.
Unfortunately, the traditional approaches to knee pain often involve extensive therapy, invasive surgery, and potentially addictive pain medication. Luckily, there are innovative solutions using the body’s own healing mechanisms that can help in repairing the damaged tissue and alleviating the pain at its source by correcting the problem.
What Causes Knee Pain?
Most knee pain is biomechanical in origin, resulting from the natural process of aging and gradual degradation of the tissues, such as:
- Cartilage damage – as we age, the spongy protective cushioning of cartilage in our knees can become worn down, causing Patellar Chondromalacia, or displacement of the cartilage. Cartilage can also be torn in a traumatic injury.
- Tendon and ligament damage – from strains to tears, the tendons and ligaments that connect the bone to muscle are all vulnerable in the knee. The resulting damage after a tear from an injury causes intense pain from the inflammation and resulting damage that can occur as the ligament or tendon is no longer able to keep the knee stable.
- Osteoarthritis and bursitis – both of these diseases cause acute inflammation inside the joint called bursitis, which results from the swelling of the bursae, or tiny sacs that hold cushioning fluid within the joint. Overuse of the joint from kneeling or similar activities can exacerbate the condition. Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease. It results from the gradual wearing down of cartilage within the knee, which in turn causes bone-on-bone friction and damage within the joint.
Luckily, there is a treatment option available that uses the body’s own cells to promote the renewal of the damaged tissues. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment consists of removing the patient’s blood, spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the components, and creating a concentrated solution of platelets that are then reintroduced into the body at the site of the pain.
The platelets contain a variety of healing and growth factors, which interact biochemically with the damaged cells and tissues, sending messages to the cells to begin a process of repair and renewal. Instead of masking the pain or having risky invasive surgical procedures to correct the tissue damage, PRP treatment harnesses the healing powers within your own body to address the underlying cause.
If you are looking for a non-invasive answer to your knee pain, we have the solution. Our medical treatments in the Boise, Meridian, and Nampa, Idaho communities will help to alleviate your knee pain and get you back on your feet again. Give us a call today at (208) 887-6791 for a free consultation.