Do you suffer from chronic knee pain, but it isn’t the usual suspect? For most people over a certain age, knee pain is easy traceable to damage done inside the knee. Friction increases, and moving the joint can cause pain. However, if you don’t have the usual arthritis, or the pain is so bad you can’t sleep at night, you may need to see a doctor to rule out more serious possibilities.

Arctic Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska offers accurate diagnoses when it comes to joint pain, and can provide insight into your knee pain. If your knee is showing signs of aging, wear-and-tear, or repetitive motion damage, we can use regenerative therapies to help turn back the clock and give you healthier knees once again.

When to see your doctor about knee pain

If any of the following apply to you, you’re due to see a doctor about your ongoing knee pain:

  • Your knee has been hurting for longer than a week or two
  • You have swelling of the knee and/or discoloration
  • The pain is worse when you go from standing to sitting or vice versa
  • You can’t sleep at night due to the pain
  • Over-the-counter painkillers aren’t helping
  • Your knee makes a grinding, clicking, or grating noise when you flex the joint

Possible causes of knee pain

Ruling out advanced arthritis is the first step when it comes to knee pain. If you don’t have arthritis, you could have one of these three common joint problems:

1. Tendinitis

Tendons attach your muscles to your bones, and consist of thick cords made up of fibrous tissue. If you have tendinitis, the tendon can be irritated and inflamed where it attaches to the joint. This can cause serious joint pain and trouble flexing your knee. You might notice that there’s tenderness when you touch your knee, and mild swelling around the knee joint. The pain can also be a dull background that flares up when you move or bend your knee.

2. Bursitis

Bursae, which are small, fluid-filled sacs cushioning the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints, can become inflamed due to frequent repetitive motion. Bursitis is common in the knees and is usually accompanied by pain either with motion or when you press on your knee joint. You’ll feel an achiness and stiffness, and the joint may even look swollen and red.

3. Fibromyalgia

If you’re a woman, your knee pain is on both sides, and you also suffer from unexplained pain in other parts of your body, you might have fibromyalgia. This condition presents with widespread pain in the body that’s often worse in the joints, and sufferers are typically also fatigued and may experience “brain fog,” or trouble concentrating.

Treatment for joint pain

At Arctic Medical Center, we provide a range of treatments for knee pain based on the root cause. We may opt to use regenerative methods such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to help boost your body’s natural healing ability, and work with you on your nutrition and activity level to reduce weight on your knees and minimize pain.

If you have knee pain and don’t know how to treat it, schedule a consultation with the team at Arctic Medical Center. You can request an appointment by calling (907) 290-8111, or by visiting our contact page.

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