Treatment for Knee Joint Pain Available at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, NJ
Knee joint pain is fairly common. Even though the knee is designed to withstand the significant stress of daily activity, it is not immune to the effects of repetitive wear and tear, age-related degeneration, or sudden trauma. To help keep active people on the move in Freehold, New Jersey Joints offers a full range of conservative and surgical treatment options from an experienced team of fellowship-trained surgeons and in-house physical therapists.
The first step toward finding relief from knee joint pain is getting a proper diagnosis. That’s because this type of discomfort may be traced to several causes, such as osteoarthritis, iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, tendonitis, a torn ligament or meniscus, or a sprain, strain, or fracture, just to name a few. The experienced knee specialists at New Jersey Joints in Freehold, NJ, can pinpoint the problem and then develop an appropriate treatment plan to address it.
Effective treatment of knee joint pain can vary widely depending on the root cause. Some common approaches include:
- Medications — A physician may recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate discomfort or treat an underlying condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
- Physical therapy — Exercises designed to improve balance and strengthen the quadriceps and hamstrings (thigh muscles) can help stabilize the knee joint and reduce pain.
- Orthotics — Arch supports can help shift pressure away from the side of a knee that is most affected by osteoarthritis. Bracing may also be used to help protect and support the knee joint.
- Injections — Injecting a corticosteroid directly into a knee joint can provide lasting relief from the symptoms of an arthritis flare-up. Hyaluronic acid, which is similar to the fluid that naturally lubricates the joints, can also be injected into a knee to ease discomfort and improve mobility. Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which contains high concentrations of various growth factors, may reduce inflammation and promote healing.
- Surgery — To address severe knee joint pain that does not respond sufficiently to conservative treatments, surgery may be considered. Some options include arthroscopic surgery and partial and total knee replacement surgery.
Prior to recommending any form of treatment for knee joint pain, the orthopedic specialists at New Jersey Joints will discuss the pros and cons of each option in relation to what is most important to the patient. Surgery is generally considered a last resort, and, even then, there is usually no urgency to schedule a procedure. Based on our experience, well-informed patients make the best healthcare decisions, so we make patient education a top priority.
If you’d like to learn more about the knee joint pain treatment options provided by New Jersey Joints, contact us to schedule a consultation at our joint center in Freehold, NJ.