Knee Pain

There are many different causes and many different clinical presentations of knee pain, and each variety requires a unique treatment.  See the information below to learn about many of the common types of knee pain.

Knee arthritis / knee replacement More 4 Life Physical Therapy 63011 63125
Patellar tendon pain
ACL Tear
Knee arthritis / knee replacement More 4 Life Physical Therapy 63011 63125

Patellofemoral Pain

By far the most common type of knee pain, patellofemoral pain refers to pain having to do with the kneecap (patella) putting abnormal pressure on the thigh bone (femur).

This type of pain commonly occurs without any specific injury, but develops gradually over time due to abnormal movement patterns.

The symptoms are usually in the front of the knee. There too many causes to list them all but some of the common.  factors include hip weakness, thigh muscle stiffness, or limited ankle mobility/flexibility.  A thorough physical therapy evaluation can help diagnose this better.

Patellar Tendinopathy

Once called "patellar tendonitis", pain in the tendon below the kneecap is usually non-inflammatory ("-itis" refers to inflammation).  Patellar tendinopathy is an overuse injury and similarly to patellofemoral pain, it can be caused by hip weakness, thigh muscle stiffness, or limited ankle mobility/flexibility.

Ligamentous Injuries

These are common in sports and with a fall.  The well-known ones include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears.  They usually require some specific trauma and don't tend to just appear.  Key features of ligamentous injuries include instability or giving way of the knee.  If you've had a traumatic injury to your knee, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist right away.

A good clinical exam can help rule out the need to get an MRI and save you some money.  MRIs really only become useful to confirm a diagnosis if surgery is needed.

Meniscus Tears / Knee Arthritis

Both of these problems are internal to the joint and present similarly.  Often pain will start without a specific cause and present on the inside (more common) or outside of the knee.

Locking of the knee or giving way can happen with a meniscus tear, but only in extreme cases.

As with many common conditions, meniscus tears and knee arthritis are common features of aging and occur both in people with and without pain.

As such, even if you have known arthritis or meniscus tears, they don't necessarily have to hurt.

Click here to learn how to relieve knee arthritis pain without needing a Total Knee Replacement.

Total knee replacement is a last resort for knee arthritis only after all other options have been exhausted.

Likewise, research has shown that exercise therapy can be more effective than surgery for many patients with meniscus tears.

Want To Relieve Knee Pain Without Surgery?

Click the button below to request a Knee Pain Discovery Visit to discover how we can help your knee pain without surgery