Knee Pain

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about some of the common causes of knee pain and what can be done to treat it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Knee pain can be caused by problems inside or outside the joint. The most common cause in older adults is arthritis. Another common cause is patellofemoral pain syndrome, or PFPS. This condition causes pain behind the kneecap that is worse after you sit for a while, run or climb stairs.

If you have arthritis in your knee, wear and tear eventually causes damage inside the joint. If you are overweight, losing weight takes extra pressure off the joints. Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist for a supervised exercise program.

Medicines can also help. Your doctor may recommend acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen. Cortisone shots or a knee brace may help with the pain. If other treatments do not help, you may need surgery to replace the joint.

If you have PFPS, rest and pain medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen can help. Your doctor may also refer you to a physical therapist to help work on muscle imbalances around the knee and hips.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.