Regular knee pain is a common condition, affecting nearly 25% of adults in the United States. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise; we rely on our knees for countless activities, including walking, running, lifting, and playing sports. And if you’ve ever experienced knee pain, you know how debilitating it can prove. At Eastern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Bloomfield and South Windsor, Connecticut, Dr. Kenneth Alleyne specializes in providing minimally invasive knee treatment to quickly get you back on your feet. To learn more, call Dr. Alleyne to schedule your consultation, or book online.
Given the stress we put on our knees day after day, it’s a wonder knee pain isn’t a more frequent occurrence. Thankfully, your knees are tough, and any pain you may experience generally comes from a few sources:
Injuries to the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bursa that make up your knee joint are particularly common for athletes, who not only put greater stress on their knees than the average person, but also run the risk of suffering a traumatic event that injures the knee. Fractures, torn meniscus, and ACL tears are a few of the more common knee injuries that lead to pain.
Some individuals experience knee pain, not because of an injury, but a mechanical issue with how the knee functions. For example, a piece of bone or cartilage can become dislodged and interfere with the regular movement of your knee joint.
Different forms of arthritis can affect your knee, including rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and osteoarthritis. While some of these conditions are directly caused by physical wear and tear or other lifestyle choices, others are inherited.
While just about anyone can experience knee pain in their lives, there are a few factors that might put you at greater risk, including excess weight, lack of exercise, and a prior knee injury.
Dr. Alleyne specializes in providing regenerative medicine treatment for many types of knee pain, particularly for sprains and similar musculoskeletal injuries. Using platelet-rich plasma or stem cell solutions made from your own body, Dr. Alleyne injects these medicines into the injury site, which hastens and bolsters the healing process.
Physical therapy is another important aspect of treating knee pain, and Dr. Alleyne might prescribe it in conjunction with other treatments. By strengthening the muscles around your knee and increasing flexibility, you can prevent further injury and resolve your pain.
For more severe knee pain, such as that caused by cartilage damage or loose bodies, Dr. Alleyne may perform minimally invasive surgery, typically through the use of an arthroscope. As a minimally invasive procedure, your surgery and recovery are both much faster than standard surgery.
Are you suffering from knee pain? Let Dr. Alleyne lend a hand. Call to schedule your consultation, or book online.