Knee Pain

Knee pain refers to discomfort or soreness experienced in or around the knee joint, commonly caused by injury, overuse, or underlying medical conditions such as arthritis. It can range from mild to severe and may impact mobility and daily activities, prompting individuals to seek relief through various treatments and interventions.

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We Never Looked: Treating the Joint vs. Joint+Ligs

One of the hardest things to do in orthobiologics is to teach patients that there are major differences between what clinic A offers when it says it can perform a “PRP” injection and what clinic B offers. These two procedures may be wildly different. Today I’ll explore that concept through a medical abbreviation called “WNL”. …read more

Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Knee: What Could Go Wrong?

Radiofrequency is a technology I’ve covered many times on this blog. It’s basically a way for doctors to burn away the nerves causing pain. It’s becoming increasingly popular in the knee, so let’s review that today. In addition, we’ll review combing RF of the knee nerves with orthobiologics and whether that makes sense. What is…read more

A Tale of Five Knee Joint Injections: You Get What You Pay For

It’s always hard to explain to patients how training and expertise in medicine vary widely. The good news is that in the more established areas of medicine represented by board certification, while the skill levels between doctors are different, there is a minimum standard of competency. However, once one gets into Regenerative Medicine where no…read more

Is Injecting a Knee Blind Associated with Worse Health Outcomes?

Like a headline from the Onion, I recently read an email describing a big orthopedic surgery conference where a panel was sourced on whether or not you needed ultrasound guidance to inject a knee. While the result of this panel was a LOL moment for many of my colleagues, none of us really knew the…read more

Why Are Knee Bone Marrow Lesions A Big Deal?

What is a bone marrow lesion? If you have knee arthritis, why should you care? Today we’ll dig into why these are a big deal through the story of a basketball player’s knee. What Is a Bone Marrow Lesion? Many think that a joint like the knee has two main parts – the bone and…read more

Have Kneecap Pain? Exercise Your Hips!

The body is always interesting. For decades some physical therapists have treated knee pain by having their patients perform knee exercises. However, more recently physical therapists have figured out that most kneecap pain is actually coming from a hip problem. Let’s dig in. Patellofemoral Syndrome The kneecap lives in a groove at the end of…read more

Ask Dr. C Episode 18: Spondylolisthesis and Hip/Knee Pain

I like today’s question because it brings up a critical low back and hip/knee connection. So let’s dive in as I work my way through the holiday edition of “Ask Dr. C”. The Question I have Spondylolisthesis in my lower back which is now starting to cause pain in my left hip and knee as…read more

Healing Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the Knee without Surgery

SPONK is one of those medical terms that just sounds strange, but it’s a really big nasty problem. This is the story of a patient who developed spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee likely due to excessive knee steroid shots, who was told she needed a knee replacement, but who instead used injections of her own…read more
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