United Spine and Joint Center
Interventional Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist located in Leesburg, VA
Do you suffer from mild to debilitating knee pain? Is it stopping you from exercising, climbing stairs, or even walking? If so, Dr. Jon Mader, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist at United Spine and Joint Center, can help you. Servicing Leesburg and Lansdowne, VA. Dr. Mader has extensive training and experience to diagnose and treat your knee pain. If you want to be pain-free, call Dr. Mader or schedule a consultation today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain can feel achy, sharp, or stiff and may range from mild to severe. Knee pain is associated with clicking, popping, and sensations of instability.
What structures cause pain in the knee?
This is the joint connecting your femur (thigh bone) to your tibia (shin bone). Wear and tear, injuries, and arthritis can cause aching pain and stiffness.
The knee has two menisci, which are cartilage discs between the femur and tibia, which cushion the joint when bearing weight. Injuries and wear and tear can damage or tear the cartilage leading to pain, popping, and locking in your knee joint.
There are ligaments on the inside and outside of your knee and in between the femur and tibia. These ligaments add support to the joint but can be injured by trauma or repetitive use. If your ligaments are sprained or torn, it may feel like your knee is giving out.
The iliotibial band is a type of connective tissue called fascia that runs along the outside of your thigh to connect your hip and knee. You may notice pulling, sharp pain, or popping on the outside of your knee when the iliotibial band is irritated.
The patella is your kneecap. Trauma or repetitive kneeling can injure it. Many patella injuries also affect surrounding structures.
Bursae are fluid-filled cartilage sacs located in your knee that provide cushion and alleviate friction from ligaments and tendons. Trauma can cause swelling of the bursae and knee joint.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
Dr. Mader completes a thorough history, evaluation, and examination to understand your symptoms and diagnose the cause of your pain.
If Dr. Mader suspects a more complicated case, you may need X-rays or an MRI to visualize the structures inside your knee.
How is knee pain treated?
At United Spine and Joint Center, your treatment depends on the cause of your pain. For musculoskeletal issues, a conservative course of physical therapy with Dr. Mader alleviates pain and rebuilds strength in your knee.
More severe pain may require non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, oral corticosteroids, or joint injections. Dr. Mader is a Pain Intervention Specialist and utilizes effective, safe methods to relieve your pain quickly.
If you're tired of suffering from knee pain, call United Spine and Joint Center or schedule a consultation now.