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Knee Pain Specialist

Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement located in Kansas City, MO

When your knees hurt, it’s hard to think about anything else. Whether it’s the relentless throbbing of arthritis or the acute agony of a ligament sprain, the highly skilled team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, can help. They have considerable expertise in diagnosing and treating the causes of both acute and chronic knee pain and restoring your mobility. Call Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today to find out more or book an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain is usually a result of an acute injury, a chronic injury, or a degenerative condition. An acute injury that doesn’t receive the right treatment can become a chronic problem in time, and chronic injuries that cause deterioration in ligaments or tendons could lead to an acute injury when the tissue fails.

Arthritis is the most frequent cause of chronic knee joint pain. Knees are particularly vulnerable to osteoarthritis because they have to carry a great deal of weight every day and make a lot of movements. Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage protecting the bones in your knee wears away, and the bones start to rub together.

Injuries are also common in knees, especially if you play sports or do any intense forms of exercise. Jumping, turning, and twisting at speed puts a huge strain on your knees, and if you land or twist awkwardly, it can overstrain the connective tissues to breaking point.

Injuries from everyday slips, trips, and falls, as well as car accidents, are also common causes of knee injuries.

What structures make up the knees?

Your knees are a complex junction for bones, muscles, and connective tissues. The main structures in your knee are:

  • Femur (thigh bone)
  • Tibia (shin bone)
  • Patella (kneecap)
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral collateral ligament
  • Medial and lateral menisci (cartilage) 
  • Quadriceps tendon
  • Patellar tendon
  • Bursae (fluid-filled sacs)

For your knees to function properly, all these structures need to be working in harmony.

What types of injuries can cause knee pain?

Knee injuries that affect the highest numbers of patients include:

  • Fractures (tibia, fibula, patella)
  • Dislocation
  • Strained tendons
  • Sprained ligaments
  • ACL tear
  • MCL tear
  • Meniscus tear 
  • Patellar tendinitis (runner’s knee)
  • Articular cartilage injuries 

As there are so many injuries that could be responsible for your knee pain, it’s vital to get an accurate diagnosis. It’s also important to receive the appropriate treatment for the type of knee injury you have, which is why you should visit Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for expert attention.

How is knee pain treated?

Once your provider at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine finds the cause of your knee pain, they can create a personalized treatment program for you. Potential treatments include:

  • Using a knee brace
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapies 
  • Cortisone injections
  • Viscosupplementation injections

If these conservative approaches aren’t improving your knee pain, surgery could be an option. The team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has specialist expertise in performing knee arthroscopy as well as minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. 

We proudly serve the greater Kansas City area. If your knees are causing you pain, get the right diagnosis and the most effective treatment by calling Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today, or by booking an appointment online.