Knee pain usually develops due to a trauma to the knee or develops gradually over time in the form of arthritis due to the fact it is a weight bearing joint.
If there has been a trauma to the knee a thorough examination by me or my physical therapist is the first step to recovery. If it is determined that there is an instability then an MRI may be warranted before initiating any therapy to determine whether or not any ligaments or cartilage have been torn that need to be surgically repaired.
In severe cases of wear and tear (osteoarthritis), knee replacement may be indicated and the proper referral will be made.
If there is no tear and we have determined that this pain is due to either a sprain strain or due to mild to moderate degenerative changes (arthritis), we will recommend an appropriate treatment plan to help the knee heal and stabilize.
Most treatment plans involve improving range of motion and strengthening the supporting musculature.