Knee Pain Treatment St. Louis

If you are suffering from chronic knee pain, it can be helpful to know its cause. When you know more about how the knee works and what stresses it endures, you can better understand the treatments we provide at MD Pain Solutions.

The most common causes of knee pain are ligament instabilities or torn cartilages, and in older patients, osteoarthritis or post-traumatic arthritis. Patients with knee arthritis complain of pain in the knee as well as instability and stiffness. Knee pain can also occur as the result of dysfunction of the hip, low back, or foot and ankle.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

As we get older, our synovial fluid starts to drain away. We’re not sure of the exact mechanism or why it happens. It seems to go along with aging, though, and at this point, it’s considered just part of the aging process. Still, without enough synovial fluid, your knee joint dries out, your cartilages become less slippery, and your knee joint eventually becomes very painful. We call that process, and other degenerative joint conditions osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis refers to wear and tear of the knee joint. Wear and tear can affect even a healthy, well cared for knee joint as we get older. Sometimes “insults” during our lives can hasten the onset of knee pain and make it worse. “Insults” include athletic injuries (old and new), falls, being overweight, foot problems, shoe problems, repetitive work movements which stress our knee joints, and also injuries to other parts of our bodies which put more strain on our knee joints.

What Knee Pain Looks Like

The series of X-rays below show how a normal, healthy, painless knee joint progresses to a stiff and painful knee joint. As the cartilage tissues and synovial fluid which cushion and lubricates the joint dry out, the bones begin to rub directly against each other. That can be very painful, and also destructive to the bone ends and joint. To keep the damage from continuing, your body eventually “freezes” the joint and grows the two bone ends together. That would be a very advanced stage of Osteoarthritis, and the last X-ray shows what it looks like.

Our Preferred Treatments: Hyalgan Injections and Sanexas Therapy

Hyalgan involves injecting a natural gel (Visco-supplement) into the knee joint to replace the synovial fluid a patient has lost. Replacing the synovial fluid reduces or eliminates the pain and can retard the degenerative process.