Knee Pain Specialist
Individuals of different age groups are at risk of knee pain that may be caused by an injury or disease of the knee joint or any structure surrounding the knee joint. Knee pain specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non-surgical and surgical management for knee pain in Detroit. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
Anatomy of the Knee Joint
The knee is one of the largest joints in the body, formed by the lower end of the femur, the upper end of the tibia and the patella (kneecap). Several ligaments and muscles attach to the bones of the knee joint to maintain the normal motion of the joint. Special tissues known as menisci are located between the two articular ends of the joint. These act as a cushion between the articular surfaces and absorb shock during movement.
What is Knee Pain?
Knee pain is a common condition affecting individuals of different age groups. It not only affects movement but also impacts your quality of life. An injury or disease of the knee joint or any structure surrounding the knee can result in knee pain. A precise diagnosis of the underlying cause is important to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Causes of Knee Pain
Some of the common causes of knee pain include:
- Arthritis: a condition associated with inflammation of the joint
- Knee ligament injuries
- Torn meniscus
- Patellar tendonitis: inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects the kneecap to the shinbone
- Chondromalacia patellae: softening of the articular cartilage on the under surface of the kneecap, causing knee pain
- Dislocated kneecap
- Baker's cyst: a fluid-filled swelling in the back of the knee, which usually results from another injury such as a meniscus tear
- Knee bursitis: inflammation of the bursae, small fluid-filled sacs located around the joints, usually between a tendon and bone
- Plica syndrome: results from inflammation of the synovial tissue of the knee causing knee pain and swelling
- Osgood-Schlatter disease: caused by irritation of the growth plate at the front of the knee joint; more common in adolescents
- Osteochondritis dissecans: characterized by detachment of a cartilage fragment and a thin layer of the bone from the end of a bone due to inadequate blood supply. These fragments may either stay in place or slide around the joint, causing pain and joint instability.
- Gout: characterized by sudden, severe attacks of joint pain, with swelling and redness around the joint, caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints
When a knee pain is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a knee pain specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with knee pain in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.
Diagnosis of Knee Pain
A detailed medical history and physical examination of the knee are crucial for diagnosis. Dr. Okoroha may also conduct diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, and ultrasound. Blood tests may be performed to identify any infection, gout or pseudogout. Sometimes, arthrocentesis may also be performed, wherein the fluid from the knee joint is removed and sent for laboratory analysis.
Treatment of Knee Pain
Treatment options depend upon the underlying cause responsible for knee pain. After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function.
Some of the common treatment options for knee pain include rest, ice and heat application, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, stretching, physical therapy, and cortisone injections.
Sometimes, a knee arthroscopy may be performed. Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which the internal structures of the joint are examined to diagnose as well as treat the underlying problem.
If you have trouble or inability to walk, deformity around the joint, inability to bend the knee, knee pain persisting beyond a few days and more at night, or pain associated with swelling, warmth or redness, you should consult Dr. Okoroha for immediate medical intervention. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is an orthopedic knee specialist treating patients in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.