Is My Knee Pain Actually Arthritis?

The knee joint is incredibly complex biomechanically, and good knee function depends on all structures of the joint working in harmony. Knee pain is a common condition and it can often come on gradually. Because of its slow development, you may be confused about what’s causing your knee pain, stiffness, or deformity. You may wonder why your chronic knee pain won’t subside. The reason you have lingering knee pain or problems is often from some form of arthritis, which can be caused by cartilage breakdown, joint infections, or overuse injuries.

The main forms of knee arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis: Also called OA, this progressive condition causes the joint cartilage that cushions the bones to wear down over time. It is most common in older adults and/or the obese. Without this protective layer of cartilage, the bones begin to rub together, which causes the loss of function and pain at the joint.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Also called RA, this is an autoimmune disease, and a chronic inflammatory condition that can occur at any point in life. It is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the membrane lining the knee joint. This leads to pain, swelling, inflammation, and functional limitations. Usually, both knees are affected.
  • Post-traumatic arthritis: This sometimes develops following a knee injury, such as an injury to the ligaments, a torn meniscus, or a knee fracture. Usually only one knee is affected.
  • Gout: This is an intensely painful inflammatory condition that occurs when uric acid builds up in the bloodstream. The first symptom is pain of the big toe, but future attacks often affect the knee(s).
  • Infectious arthritis: This is caused by a severe knee infection caused by bacteria that has spread through the bloodstream to the knee joint.

It’s also possible to have more than one type of arthritis at the same time, which is why it’s important to see a doctor for diagnosis and to formulate an effective treatment plan for the specific type of arthritis you have. You may have another related condition causing your arthritis, such as an overuse injury, dislocation, or loose pieces of cartilage in the joint fluid of the knees.

Noninvasive Knee Pain Treatment Offered at ReGen Medical Dallas

You may be a good candidate for noninvasive knee treatment. At ReGen Medical Dallas, we offer High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) and Myofascial Acoustic Compression Therapy (MyACT) to treat knee pain at the source, all without the need for medication, surgery, or injections. Patients who undergo these quick, effective treatments often enjoy immediate results, as these biomedical technologies work by stimulating the metabolism and improving circulation to allow damaged tissues to regenerate.

If you would like to learn more about our innovative knee arthritis treatments at ReGen Medical Dallas, please contact us today at (214) 855-7750.