FORT DODGE KNEE PAIN SPECIALIST
At Active Health Clinics, we are fully aware of the impact of chronic knee pain. It can be a devastating experience that can leave you feeling helpless and restricted in your daily activities. Despite being a common occurrence, knee pain should not be ignored, especially if it’s affecting your quality of life.
You may have tried various remedies such as stretching, rest, ice, or heat to ease the pain, but unfortunately, they haven’t been effective. It’s easy to dismiss knee pain as an inevitable consequence of aging, or something that will disappear on its own. However, we understand that chronic knee pain can be a complex issue that requires professional attention.
We encounter knee pain cases frequently at our physical medicine clinic in the Webster County Area. It’s a widespread problem that many people face. Invasive and expensive options like knee replacement surgery and the continuous use of pain medication can seem like the only options available. Nonetheless, we believe that there are alternative and long-term solutions to alleviate your pain.
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What is Knee pain?
As one of the most robust and complicated joints in your body, your knees can endure a considerable amount of stress, pressure, and everyday wear and tear. They support your entire body weight every time you take a step and up to five times more load when you jog, jump or ascend stairs.
At Active Health Clinics, we have a clinical team renowned for delivering long-term results and dedicated to determining the root cause of your knee pain and successfully resolving it.
Irrespective of the source of your knee pain, whether from an accident or an injury from the past, the pain can result in constant wear-and-tear on the knee, leading to inflammation and swelling that could cause further damage.
Our initial step is to identify the precise mechanism causing your knee pain by evaluating your knee’s function and condition, then creating a blueprint of the damage and its extent.
Why Risk Knee Surgery?
Why undergo surgery when there are effective non-surgical alternatives available? Knee replacement surgery can be quite costly and its success rate may vary depending on the individual. Moreover, it is a major procedure that involves a long and sometimes painful recovery period. While insurance may cover the cost of the procedure, the expenses related to post-surgery care can add up quickly.
Fortunately, you don’t have to go through surgery to find relief from chronic knee pain. Active Health Clinics has pain management experts who specialize in treating knee pain and osteoarthritis. They offer an innovative non-surgical knee pain relief program that can alleviate your discomfort, restore joint function and motion, and improve your overall quality of life. With this program, you can avoid the risks and costs associated with surgery while achieving the results you need to live a pain-free life.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
Knee pain can stem from various factors, making it challenging to pinpoint the exact cause. Therefore, it’s crucial to receive a proper diagnosis to determine the underlying problem and ensure that you receive the best treatment for your condition. With an accurate diagnosis, you can address the root cause of your knee pain and find relief through the most effective treatment approach.
Common Causes of Knee Pain:
- Injuries, such as sprains, strains, and fractures.
- Medical conditions, such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis.
- Overuse or repetitive stress injuries, such as runner’s knee or jumper’s knee.
- Poor posture or body mechanics, which can lead to alignment issues and knee pain.
- Lifestyle factors, such as being overweight, having a sedentary lifestyle, or not getting enough exercise.
Knee pain is often the result of one of two things:
- Acute Knee Injury: Your knee is in a constant state of activity, particularly on days when you’re active, as it moves forward, backward, and side to side, as well as stopping, turning, rotating, and jumping. Due to the various types of movements it undergoes, there’s a possibility of experiencing an acute or sudden injury at any moment.Here are some of the most frequently occurring acute knee injuries:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Torn meniscus
- Degeneration: is a type of arthritis that is caused by the wear and tear of the joint, and is also referred to as osteoarthritis. It can take various forms and lead to significant knee pain due to the loss of lubrication in the joint and the breakdown of cartilage, resulting in persistent and uncomfortable swelling.Active Health Clinics uses the term “Creaky Knee Syndrome” to describe this condition and specializes in treating it within the Greater Fort Dodge and Webster County regions.Ligament Tears: When ligaments, which connect bones to each other, tear, they can result in substantial joint instability.Medial Collateral Ligament sprain or MCL injury -injuries are caused by a ligament tear on the inside of the knee due to a twisting motion or direct impact.Meniscal (Cartilage) Tears – are damage to the meniscus, which acts as a cushion to the knee joint, and are typically caused by contact sports.Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries (ACL) – injuries are the most common sports injury and occur when there is a rapid change in direction or an improper landing on a jump.Posterior Cruciate Ligament injuries (PCL) – injuries occur when a blow to the front of the knee while the knee is bent takes place, often seen in motor vehicle accidents.
Knee Bursitis – occurs when the bursa providing cushioning to your knee fills with fluid and becomes swollen from repetitive movements, causing redness and sensitivity, and can be damaged from trauma associated with a fall or excessive time kneeling.
Knee Tendonitis – is caused by the tendons in your knee becoming damaged from overuse, with “Patellar tendonitis” being the most common, causing pain along the front of your knee.
Here is a quick quiz to see if you might be affected by an acute knee injury:
- You’ve noticed an annoying “ache” or “sharp” pain in your knee for more than ten days.
- You have severe pain that limits your walking, squatting, or stairs.
- Your pain limits your running distance, speed, and performance.
- Your knee pain stops you from performing to the highest level in your sport.
- You have pain that stops you getting good quality sleep.
- You value the enjoyment of exercise and dislike the idea of being at “rest.”
- You would rather not take pain medication or have cortisone injections.
What symptoms does knee pain cause?
If you have been experiencing knee pain, here are some symptoms that may warrant an evaluation at Active Health Clinics:
- Sore joints after inactivity or overuse
- Pain while bending your knee
- Knee stiffness in the morning or after resting
- Pain during and after hiking
- Pain when getting up from a chair or using stairs
- Joint pain during or after exercise
- Grinding, grating, or catching when you flex your knee
- Evening knee pain after your typical day of normal activity
- Deterioration of coordination due to stiffness and pain
- Weakened muscles in your legs
- Chronic pain
If any of these symptoms apply to you, it may be time to seek medical attention.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my knee pain is serious?
Knee pain can range from mild discomfort to severe agony, and it’s often challenging to determine whether your symptoms are serious or not. Generally speaking, you should take your knee pain seriously if it:
- Persists for an extended period – If you have knee pain that doesn’t go away after a few days or even weeks, it’s a sign that you should seek medical attention.
- Limits your mobility – If your knee pain makes it challenging to perform regular activities like walking or standing, you should seek medical advice.
- Causes swelling or redness – If your knee appears swollen or red, it may indicate an underlying injury or inflammation.
- Occurs after a traumatic event – If you experience sudden knee pain after a fall, collision, or other traumatic events, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Accompanied by other symptoms – If your knee pain is accompanied by other symptoms like fever, chills, or a rash, you should seek medical attention right away.
- It’s important to note that if you experience severe knee pain, you should seek emergency medical care immediately.
What is the most common reason for knee pain?
According to the latest from John Hopkins Medicine, the most common causes of knee pain today are related to aging (osteoarthritis), injury/accident or repeated stress on the knee. Common knee problems include sprained or strained ligaments, cartilage tears, tendonitis and arthritis.
What does arthritis in the knee feel like?
With knee arthritis, the knee joint may become stiff and swollen, making it difficult to bend and straighten the knee. Pain and swelling may be worse in the morning, or after sitting or resting. Vigorous activity may cause pain to flare up and can also produce inflammation or swelling.
What is the newest treatment for knee pain?
People suffering with chronic knee pain now have a new, minimally-invasive, non-drug treatment option at Active Health Clinics. This proprietary treatment protocol includes 10 proven modalities used to rejuvenate, strengthen and restore your knee function. Patients can and often experience improvement within the first few treatments.
How long until my knee pain goes away?
If you are a candidate for the Active Health Clinic KNEE RENEWAL PROGRAM, most patients feel relief beginning after the first few treatments. After the first stage of your program, the majority of patients feel dramatic relief and have returned to regular activities, including stairs, walking/jogging,
How much does the knee renewal program cost?
If you are a candidate for this protocol, every case is different. Depending on the severity and type of joint issue, the cost is often lower than the deductible of knee replacement surgery.
What is the best treatment for knee pain?
At Active Health Clinics, we provide a range of specialized services designed to address knee pain and help our patients achieve optimal health and wellness. Our program is designed to be non-invasive and drug-free, providing a safe and effective way to overcome knee pain and injury. Our goal is to help our patients achieve optimal health and be free of pain and discomfort, so they can get back to the activities they love, without pain or limitation. If you’re struggling with knee pain or injury, contact Active Health Clinics today to learn more about our 10 Step Knee Renewal Program and how we can help you overcome knee pain and get back to doing the things you love.