Written by, Heather Metz, AGNP-C
Knee pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints that patients discuss with their medical providers. Knee pain can be caused by arthritis, injury, and overuse. The knee’s main function as a hinge joint is to bend, straighten, and bear the weight of the body. The knee is made up of four bones: the femur (thigh bone), the patella (knee cap), and the tibia and fibula (the bones that make up the shin and lower leg). There are also multiple burs, tendons, and ligaments that hold the knee together.
The most common pain issue of the knee that we treat is osteoarthritis. Arthritis in the knee joint can cause pain, swelling, and stiffening of the knee, which is typically worse in the morning upon rising. Arthritis can easily be diagnosed with a physical exam and x-ray. Physical therapy, oral and topical medications, and steroid injections can be very effective for managing chronic knee pain. Conservative treatment can prolong the need for invasive surgery or knee replacements. At JPI the physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants are highly skilled at diagnosis and treating this very common chronic ailment.
If you’re experiencing knee pain, we would like to help you. Please contact our office at (616) 588-7246.