About 25% of Americans experience knee pain on a regular basis. Over time, knee pain can negatively affect your mobility, making it difficult to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs or going for a walk. At NJOSM Clinic in Clifton, New Jersey, orthopedic surgeon Omar Khatib, MD, works with people of all ages to diagnose and effectively treat knee pain. To schedule an appointment, book online or call the office today.
Knee pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that affects athletes and non-athletes alike. Sometimes it occurs due to an injury, and in other cases, it points to an underlying health problem like arthritis.
If you regularly experience knee pain, and it doesn’t respond to conservative treatments like rest, ice, or over-the-counter pain medication, seek professional medical help. The sooner you identify the underlying cause, the quicker you can return to your favorite activities.
Common symptoms of knee pain include:
Knee pain can also affect your mobility. For example, you might find it difficult to place weight on or bend your knee.
Knee pain affects people of all ages, races, and genders, but several factors may increase your risk. For example, being overweight puts additional stress on your knee joints whenever you walk, climb stairs, or exercise.
You’re also more likely to experience knee pain if you’re an athlete or physically active individual. This is particularly true if you play a sport that stresses your knees like running, jogging, or basketball.
At NJOSM Clinic, Dr. Khatib diagnoses knee pain during a comprehensive exam. First, he carefully inspects your knee, looking for signs of warmth, tenderness, or visible bruising. Next, he sees how far you can extend your leg and if you can put weight on your affected knee. Lastly, he carefully pushes on your joint to evaluate the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your knee.
If an exam doesn’t provide enough information to make a diagnosis, Dr. Khatib might also order X-rays, an MRI, or laboratory testing. A joint fluid test can determine your risk of arthritis or other joint-related conditions.
Whenever possible, Dr. Khatib recommends conservative, at-home treatments to address knee pain. For example, you might benefit from rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), losing weight, or taking over-the-counter pain medication.
If your knee pain persists or gets worse, Dr. Khatib might recommend physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In rare cases, knee surgery may be necessary. There are several types of knee surgeries, including arthroscopic surgery, partial knee replacement, and total knee replacement.
If you regularly experience knee pain, schedule an appointment at NJOSM Clinic. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.