Knee Pain

Whether your knee hurts from a hard tackle or years of overuse, at Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy (M.O.S.T), your doctor can reduce your knee pain and improve the joint’s functioning. With a highly-trained team skilled in physical therapy, regenerative medicine, and total knee replacement, there’s no reason to go elsewhere when you have knee pain. If you live in or near Potomac, Maryland and are ready for a real solution for your knee pain, call the office today or schedule your appointment online. “M.O.S.T” serves the communities of Bethesda, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Olney, Washington DC, Chevy Chase, Frederick, Poolesville, McLean, VA, Dulles, VA, and Fairfax, VA.

Knee Pain Q & A

What Causes Knee Pain?

Many conditions and ailments can lead to knee pain. Sports injuries can cause pain in your knee, as can arthritis and gout. You may even have a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage that’s causing your pain, or possibly an infection.

Knee pain rarely happens on its own, and you most likely have other symptoms. You may experience swelling or stiffness in your knee. The joint may appear red or be warm to the touch.

Your knee may become weak or unstable. You may struggle with mobility and be unable to straighten your knee. It may make popping or crunching noises when you move.

How is Knee Pain Treated?

At Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy, how your doctor treats your knee pain depends on the cause of your pain. In most cases, the first course of treatment involves following a RICE regimen, which includes resting your knee, using ice and compression to reduce swelling, and elevating the knee.

If, after three to five days of RICE, your knee isn’t better, your doctor may suggest physical therapy and wearing a knee brace. They may inject a numbing agent or corticosteroid into your knee to reduce your pain.

If you have an injury or a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, your doctor may opt for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. This innovative procedure uses your body’s own blood platelets and growth factors to enhance your body’s innate ability to heal, improving function and mobility while reducing pain.

When Do You Need to See a Doctor for Knee Pain?

Contact the Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy team if you’ve followed a RICE protocol and aren’t finding relief, your knee pain is severe, or you experience any of the following:

  • You can’t bear weight on your knee
  • Your knee has significant swelling
  • You can’t fully straighten or bend your knee
  • Your knee or leg looks deformed
  • You have a fever, and your knee is red, swollen, and painful
  • Your knee feels unstable or as if it wants to give out

When knee pain starts to interfere with your daily functioning or keeps you from heading out onto the field, it’s time to find a solution. Call the board-certified team at Metro Orthopedics & Sports Therapy to schedule your initial consultation or book your appointment online.