Knee pain can affect anyone at one point or another, regardless of age or physical activity levels. Because the knee joint also bears a person’s weight when performing any kind of movement, specifically daily activities like walking, sitting and standing, it is more susceptible to injury than most other joints in the body. For athletes and physically active individuals, the knees are likely to experience mechanical wear and tear, leading to strain, stiffness, and knee pain.
In addition, people with conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis will also experience knee pain, and treatment will usually depend on the source of the pain and the person’s medical history and overall physical fitness levels.
Knee Pain in Beverly Hills
The first step towards reducing knee pain is to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. Dr. Eric Millstein treats patients for knee pain in Beverly Hills, and will help to determine the source of the pain and devise a treatment plan customized for each patient’s unique situation.
The knee and the joint that houses it are made up of a series of ligaments, tendons, bursae (the fluid filled sacs that surround the knee joint), bones, and cartilage. An injury to any of these can cause pain, stiffness, inflammation, and in some cases, limited range of motion.
Some of the more common knee injuries include:
- ACL tear
- Meniscus tear
- Knee Bursitis
- Patellar Tendinitis
Knee pain can also stem from mechanical problems unrelated to an injury such as:
- Loose bone or cartilage fragment in the joint space
- IT Band Syndrome
- Dislocated Kneecap
- Hip or foot pain
Variations of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Gout can also cause knee pain.
Next, read more about ACL Reconstruction