If your knee is stiff, swollen, or painful, you’ll probably have trouble carrying out daily activities — including standing, walking, and running — and you could be facing the stressful prospect of invasive surgery. At Interventional Orthopedics of Washington, we address knee pain from a holistic perspective, using non-surgical supportive therapies and regenerative medicine to preserve and heal the functional aspects of your knee joint.
Knee Pain Q & A
Why does my knee hurt?
Your knee is a complex joint that’s susceptible to injuries because it has to support much of your body’s weight while moving both back and forth and, sometimes, side to side. Landing wrong after a jump, twisting your knee, and overstressing your knee during sports or other repetitive activities can damage essential knee structures, including:
- Bone (fibula, tibia, femur, and patella)
- Cartilage (meniscus and articular)
- Ligaments (anterior and posterior cruciate; medial and lateral collaterals)
- Tendons (patellar and quadricep)
- Muscles (hamstrings and quadriceps)
- Synovial fluid (a liquid that nourishes the joint)
- Bursa (compartments that reduce friction in the joint)
When your knee is swollen, painful, or stiff you can have difficulty carrying out daily functions, such as standing, sleeping, walking, or running.
What are the risk factors for knee pain?
Engaging in high-impact sports or activities that require jumping, running, or sudden stopping increases your risk of a knee injury. Aging, poor health or repetitive motions such as squatting or kneeling can degrade the knee joint, leading to osteoarthritis or other injuries.
You could also have an underlying medical condition, such as the autoimmune disease lupus or a form of arthritis called gout, that can cause your knee to hurt.
What are the most common injuries that cause knee pain?
Athletes, weekend warriors, and older women and men have a greater risk of knee injuries. Some of the most common sources of knee pain include:
- Injured bones
- Ligament laxity and damage
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains
- Tendon injuries
- Torn meniscus
A painful knee can throw your entire body out of alignment. Treating your knee pain restores mobility and helps your body to function better.
What options do I have for treating my knee pain?
Dr. Silva customizes your treatment based on precise diagnosis of the source of your knee pain. In addition to supportive therapies, such as bracing and physical therapy, he can recommend injectable regenerative treatments that help you avoid surgery and stimulate healing, such as:
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)
- Stem cell therapy
Dr. Silva’s approach is to heal your underlying injury rather than simply mask your pain. As a holistic practitioner, he believes dysfunction in one part of the body can negatively affect your other joints.
Conversely, healing an injury not only restores health to that specific area but can also restore balance and health to your entire body.
To find out how to heal the injury or injuries that are causing your knee pain, contact Interventional Orthopedics of Washington today by phone, or use the “Book Appointment” button.
Arthritis of the Knee
Avascular Necrosis of the Knee
Bone Marrow Edema of the Knee
Patellar Tendinopathy or Tear
Hoffa Fat Pad Inflammation / Effusion
Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
Medial Meniscal Tear and extrusions
Lateral Meniscal Tear and extrusions
Posterolateral Corner Syndrome
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain or Tear
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Sprain or Tear
Pes Anserine Bursitis
Superficial Infrapatellar Bursitis
Deep Infrapatellar Bursitis
Baker’s Cyst (Popliteal Cyst)
Common Peroneal Nerve Entrapment
Tibiofibular Pain Syndrome
Coronary Ligament Strain
Iliotibial Band Bursitis
Post Surgical Pain
Knee Treatment Areas
Baker’s Cyst Injection and Aspiration (Drainage)
Hoffa Fat Pad Injection and Aspiration (Drainage)
Genicular Nerves (3 Regions)
Common Peroneal Nerve
Patellar Tendon Hydro-Dissection
Hoffa Fat Pad Injection and Drainage
Quadriceps Tendon Lateral Compartment
Medial Intra Articular Compartment
Medial Collateral Ligament
Meniscus Coronal Ligaments
Lateral Collateral Ligament
Lateral Intra Articular Compartment
Distal Iliotibial Band Attachment
Posterior Medial Corner Structures (Meniscus, Pes Anserine Tendons, Meniscus Hamstrings Insertions)
Medial-Lateral Retinaculum and POL (Posterior Oblique Ligament)
Anterior Cruciate Ligament
ACL Replacement Graft (Cadaveric or Autograft)
Posterior Cruciate Ligament
Medial and Lateral Femoral Condyle Intraosseous Access (Inside the Bone)
Medial and Lateral Tibial Intraosseous Access (Inside the Bone)
Treating Around Surgical Hardware
Medial Patellofemoral Ligament of Patella
Lateral Retinaculum of the Patella