Your knee is a complex part of your anatomy and generally tough and flexible. As you age, however, it becomes more vulnerable to stress and damage. Seek knee pain relief from experienced, nationally recognized knee pain doctors at pain management New York. You’ll have access to the most advanced diagnostic equipment, rapid lab testing, and dedicated rehabilitation physicians and knee specialists who deliver the latest in pain treatment options. Don’t suffer quietly, have any knee pain evaluated as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.

Your knee provides movement and mobility while bearing the weight of your body. Because of all it does and all you put it through, it’s also susceptible to injury. Discomfort in your knees can show up in many different forms — from pain behind your knee to inner knee pain and posterior knee pain. The joint is made up of the:

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  • Patella, more commonly known as the kneecap. A rather small bone that’s triangular in shape, it’s located at the front of your knee. The bone is lined with a thick layer of cartilage that takes the brunt of the force your knee endures every day.
  • Meniscus, the fluid-filled discs that serve as shock absorbers of your knee. The meniscus prevents your bones rubbing together. It contains nerves that help you maintain stability and balance. It also distributes the proper amount of weight between your tibia or shin bone and your femur or thigh bone. On each knee, you have one meniscus on the outer side of the knee and another on the inside.
  • Articular cartilage. This is a layer of cartilage that also acts as a cushion between your femur and tibia. It’s also on the backside of your patella.
  • Ligaments that keep your knees from moving too much in either direction. These rope-like tissues hold the bones together and keep you stable.
  • These fibrous tissues also hold your knee together, but instead of holding the bones together, they connect your muscles to your bones. The biggest tendon in your knee is called the patella tendon and connects your kneecap to your thigh and quadriceps.
  • Joint capsule, a small bag surrounding your knee joint that’s filled with synovial fluid. This is where the lubrication comes from to keep your knees nourished.
  • About 14 bursa sacs surround each knee. Each is filled with fluid to reduce friction and prevent swelling and inflammation.

When you hurt your knee, the pain originates behind your knee, where you can experience back of knee pain or posterior knee pain. Other injuries include accidental fractures, inner knee pain, overuse strains, and incorrect movement sprains. In all these injuries, your pain in knee stems from one of the joint structures above.

Potential Dangers of Knee Pain

With so many moving parts, it’s no wonder that knee pain is one of the most common complaints in the U.S. Your board-certified knee pain doctors in Manhattan at Pain Management NYC consider all the possible complications that could arise in these heavily used joints, including:

Knee injuries can happen to anyone. The most common back of knee pain problems and accidents occur in teens who play sports, with more than 2.5 million knee injuries reported every year. Seniors with low bone density, decreased balance and flexibility are at a higher risk of developing posterior knee pain. And a direct blow or fall makes up a good portion of cases involving pain in the knee.

What Causes Pain Behind the Knee?

There are numerous possible causes of pain in the back of the knee. Most of them are fairly common and not as serious while some are more serious and need immediate medical attention. Pain behind the knee is also referred to as posterior knee pain and is one of the most common patient complaints.

Most common causes of pain in the back of the knee include:

  • Baker’s cyst – A fluid-filled cyst behind the knee that provokes pain and swelling. Also known as a popliteal cyst, it’s the number one cause of pain in the back of the knee. There are fluid-filled sacs (bursa) throughout the body that cushion and lubricate body parts during movement. Baker’s cyst occurs when the bursae behind the knee becomes inflamed.
  • Arthritis – When the cartilage of the joints wears down over time (osteoarthritis), it can cause pain behind the knee. This can also result in loss of motion and inner knee pain when bending.
  • Meniscus Tear – The menisci are pieces of cartilage on the sides of the knee that cushion the joint. Certain leg movements can tear this cartilage and cause pain in the back of the knee.
  • Other behind knee pain causes – Pain behind knee may also be caused by an injury. Your knee specialist can determine whether it’s a ligament tear or a knee sprain.

Knee Pain Diagnosis

One of the first steps in diagnosing the causes of knee pain is a physical exam. During this evaluation, your knee doctor in NYC will likely:

  • Examine your knee for visible bruising, swelling, warmth, tenderness, and pain
  • Check your range of movement by seeing how far your lower leg can move in various directions
  • Assess the integrity of your knee structure by either pushing on or pulling the joint

Often times your doctor can diagnose the cause of your pain based on this exam and appoint the appropriate knee pain treatment plan. But in some cases, additional imaging tests may be required for a more accurate diagnosis:

  • X-Ray – Is used to detect suspected degenerative joint disease and bone fractures.
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan – In combination with X-rays, CT scanners generate cross-sectional images that of the inside of your body and can diagnose subtle fractures and other bone problems.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – Creates 3D images of the inside of your knee by using a powerful magnet and radio waves. It can detect injuries to soft tissues like muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
  • Ultrasound – Generates real-time images of the soft tissue structures inside and around your knee by using sound waves. During this test, your knee specialist may need to move your knee into different positions to establish a more accurate diagnosis.

Around 25% of adults are affected by knee pain and over the last 20 years, its prevalence has increased by 65%. This results in nearly 4 million people visiting a knee doctor each year.

Knee Pain Treatment Options

Interventional treatment for knee pain, as practiced by the pain management doctors in Midtown, achieves the primary goal of reducing pain so that your knees respond to therapy and heal properly. Only then can you resume your normal activities. The regenerative treatment plans at your pain management clinic in New York begin with a thorough exam that explores your medical history, level of activity, when the knee pain first began and what level of pain you’re currently experiencing.

After your diagnostic tests are completed, your knee pain doctor in NYC Dr. Reyfman determines the source of your discomfort. He can then provide knee pain relief with the latest regenerative treatments, such as:

  • Corticosteroid injections, used to stop the pain and reduce inflammation from knee arthritis.
  • Nerve block injections to reduce pain so that you can continue with other therapeutic treatments.
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections that contain growth factors taken from your own blood to promote healing. PRP injections are ideal if you have knee pain from an injury, tendon tear or sprain.
  • Physical therapy, to strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee.
  • Stretching exercises that your knee doctor deems appropriate.
  • Minimally invasive surgeries, such as arthroscopic surgery, to remove loose bone chips, reconstruct a torn ligament or repair cartilage that’s been damaged.

Your treatment for knee pain begins with a consultation with one of the best knee pain specialists in NYC. Contact Pain management NYC to schedule your appointment. Get out of knee pain and begin your healing today.

Do you have any questions about the knee pain treatment options we offer in NYC? Do you have pain in knee and would like to schedule an appointment with the internationally recognized best in class knee pain specialist Dr. Reyman of Pain Management NYC? Please contact our office for a consultation with our pain relief doctors in Midtown Manhattan. If you have an emergency and in need of fast knee pain relief, we encourage you to call the knee doctor in Manhattan Dr. Reyfman directly.

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