Knee pain is a usual problem … as a matter of fact among one of the most common ailments seen by both rheumatologists along with orthopedic specialists.
Like most common medical ailments numerous myths are circulating regarding what to do with knee pain.
Myth # 1: “Knee pain is something you just walk off …” Nothing might be further from the reality. Actually, trying to “walk it off” could cause irreversible damage. Realistically, most people with a significant knee pain will certainly have a large amount of difficulty walking at all.
Myth # 2: Unless it’s swollen, it’s not severe …” Many major knee pain can create symptoms other than swelling. For example, a ligament trouble will trigger substantial discomfort yet, the swelling will be minimal.
Myth # 3: “Just use a rub or put heat on it …” This is not completely wrong but is not a good idea with acute knee pains. Ice, as well as rest, is what is typically advised to help reduce swelling and pain.
Myth # 4: “You’ll require surgical treatment …” Unless the knee pain entails significant internal damages to vital structures in the knee such as a torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn meniscus, etc., surgical procedure could not be the nearest approach. For example, many types of knee problems such as bursitis, tendonitis, and ligament strains can be handled medically making use of physical therapy like ice, non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory medications, as well as injections of platelet-rich plasma.
Myth # 5: “All you need is a cortisone injection …” Corticosteroid injection has their place. For example, with degenerative arthritis, knee pain can be a severe problem. A recent Dutch study revealed the frequency of prevalence of painful disabling knee osteoarthritis in individuals over 55 years is 10%, of which one-quarter are severely disabled. (Peat G, McCarney R, Croft P. Ann Rheum Dis 2001; 60:91 -97). In a situation like that, corticosteroid injections can give an incredible relief. However, no more than three injections per year ought to be given for arthritis since steroids can bring about more cartilage deterioration. Conversely, if osteoarthritis is the culprit, lubricant injections, viscosupplements, can be utilized to ease pain and improve function.
Myth # 6: “You need to see an orthopedic surgeon …” what do surgeons do? Knee pain must be taken care of by a rheumatologist unless there is clear proof that damage to inner structures requires a surgical procedure. This is particularly true when it involves osteoarthritis of the knee where autologous stem cells, a patient own stem cells, might prevent the need for a knee replacement surgery.
Myth # 7: “There are just a few causes of knee pain …” There are more than seventeen principal causes of knee pain, and they are all taken care of in different ways. Examples include bursitis, tendonitis, ligament injuries, Baker’s cysts, nerve related pain, referred pain from the hip, medial plica syndrome, and much more.