Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Carmel, NY, Newburgh, NY, Mt. Kisco, NY, Fishkill, NY, & Danbury, CT
Knees are such active, weight-bearing joints that they're a source of pain for many people. If you're affected by this problem, the board-certified physicians at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group have the skills and experience to resolve or reduce your knee pain. The practice has four New York locations in Carmel, Newburgh, Mount Kisco, and Fishkill, with another in Danbury, Connecticut, where you can benefit from expert treatments such as joint injections, Iovera cryoablation therapy, and minimally invasive knee surgery. Get help for knee pain now by calling the office nearest you or booking online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can be acute or chronic and could stem from the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, or nerves that make up your knee joint. Some of the conditions that commonly cause knee pain include:
The patella (kneecap) helps support the knee joint and increase leverage. Patella pain may be a result of injury, overuse, or a fracture. Patella fractures might consist of a single crack across the bone or break your kneecap into several pieces, usually causing severe pain and swelling.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments in your knee that connect the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and support the joint. An ACL tear is a common knee injury, particularly in athletes, that causes knee pain, swelling, and tenderness, and it can cause instability and restrict movement.
Arthritis frequently causes chronic knee pain. In the case of osteoarthritis, the protective coating on the surfaces of the bones wears away, while rheumatoid arthritis destroys the joint linings.
Other common causes of knee pain include meniscal tears, cartilage defects, quadriceps tendon tears, patellar tendon tears, patellofemoral pain syndrome or patellar tendinitis, and iliotibial band syndrome.
How is knee pain treated?
Resting the knee and using ice packs are adequate first aid measures for knee pain. Severe or persistent pain requires expert assessment, though, as it's easy to make injuries worse by not getting the right treatment.
Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group offers a range of innovative and effective nonsurgical treatments for knee pain, including:
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Viscosupplementation (gel injections of hyaluronic acid)
- Iovera cryoablation therapy
- Stem cell therapy including Lipogems®
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
These treatments are usually successful in relieving knee pain, but some patients might require surgery.
What type of knee surgery might I need?
The surgeons at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group use the most advanced arthroscopic techniques to complete knee surgery for many patients. Arthroscopy offers numerous benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Smaller incisions
- No need to cut muscles or tendons
- Less bleeding
- Less pain
- Shorter recovery times
If you have a tendon or ligament injury, it might require repair or reconstruction, which involves replacing the damaged tissue with a graft from another part of your body.
Total or partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement is an option if your knee joint is severely affected by arthritis or other conditions and doesn't respond to less invasive treatments.
Find out what's causing your knee pain and get the right treatment by calling Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group or booking an appointment online today.