Dr. Cathy Kim, MD:
Knee Pain Doctor
Knee pain is a prevalent issue that affects individuals across all age groups. It can arise from various causes, ranging from injuries like torn ligaments and cartilage to medical conditions such as arthritis, gout, and infections. While minor knee pain can often be alleviated through self-care measures, some cases might necessitate more advanced treatments, including physical therapy, chiropractic, injections, or even surgical intervention.
Dr. Cathy Kim specializes in diagnosing the fascial and biomechanical cause of persistent knee pain. With her expertise, patients can expect a thorough evaluation, personalized treatment plans, and innovative myofascial release techniques. Whether you’re young and active or someone dealing with the wear and tear of osteoarthritis, Dr. Kim is dedicated to helping you improve your mobility and quality of life.
General Knee Pain Concepts
Knee pain is a prevalent musculoskeletal issue affecting approximately 25% of U.S. adults. It can arise from various causes, including injuries, wear and tear, and certain medical conditions. The knee joint is complex, consisting of bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage, all working together to provide mobility and support. The primary function of the knee is to bend, straighten, and bear the body’s weight. However, since large muscle groups of the thigh and pelvis attach to the knee, the knee is subject to torsional forces as the “weak” point in the length of the leg and is particularly prone to stress and injury.
What Causes Knee Pain
Knee pain is a widespread ailment affecting individuals of various age groups. The causes of knee pain are often grouped into these categories:
- Injuries: These can range from ligament ruptures, torn cartilage, inflammation in the bursae, to patellar tendinitis. Specific injuries like ACL injuries are common in sports that involve sudden directional changes, such as basketball or soccer.
- Mechanical Problems: Issues like a dislocated kneecap, iliotibial band syndrome, or even hip or foot pain that alters your gait can lead to knee pain.
- Types of Arthritis: The knee can be affected by various forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (a wear-and-tear condition), rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune condition), gout (caused by uric acid crystal buildup), pseudogout (caused by calcium-containing crystals), and septic arthritis (an infection in the knee joint).
How Are Knee Issues Diagnosed?
Conventional medical evaluation involves:
- Symptom Analysis: The location, severity, and accompanying symptoms (like swelling, redness, or popping noises) provide vital clues.
- Physical Examination: A doctor may inspect your knee for swelling, pain, tenderness, warmth, and visible bruising. They might also check how far you can move your lower leg in different directions.
- Imaging Tests: X-rays can help detect bone fractures and degenerative joint diseases. MRI scans can help visualize both hard and soft tissues in your knee, making them useful for diagnosing ligament injuries and cartilage problems.
What Are the Standard Treatments for Knee Pain?
Treatment for knee pain may include these common strategies:
- Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Therapy: Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee. Arch supports, sometimes with wedges on one side of the heel, can help shift pressure away from the side of the knee most affected by osteoarthritis.
- Injections: Corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid can be injected into the knee. Newer options such as stem cells and prolotherapy are rising in popularity.
When Should I be Urgently Evaluated For Knee Pain?
It’s essential to recognize when knee pain requires medical attention. If knee pain persists for more than a week despite home treatments like protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as PRICE), it’s advisable to consult with a medical professional. Immediate medical attention is crucial if:
- You can’t bear weight on your knee.
- You experience symptoms like fever or feel unwell.
- The knee appears red, hot, or swollen.
- The pain is excruciating or disrupts your sleep.
- There’s drainage of pus or fluid from the knee.
- You have a history of bleeding disorders or are on blood thinners and notice swelling.
Personalized Treatment Plans with Dr. Cathy Kim, MD
Every individual’s knee pain is unique, stemming from body proportion, work/leisure activities, and personal habits. Dr. Cathy Kim understands the contributing factors to knee pain, and the limitations of imaging studies and procedures. She offers her perspective to motivated patients, to help fill the knowledge gap between how modern lifestyle may be perpetuating the pain and the treatments that only dim the pain or repair the accumulated damage. This pain-as-information approach addresses the body as a whole, and has helped many patients regain their vitality.
Knee Pain Specialist | Dr. Cathy Kim, MD
As a family doctor, Dr. Kim has witnessed that chronic knee pain affects more than the middle-aged or athletes and that many children and young adults simply learn to live with knee pain by curtailing their activities or using medications. Don’t Let Knee Pain Hold You Back Any Longer! Experience the difference of Dr. Kim’s strategic analysis. Whether it’s a minor discomfort or a debilitating pain, Dr. Kim advises on the highest leverage changes that you could adopt to help reverse the trajectory of your pain – which is why many patients report life changing benefits even years later. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Kim today to learn from her foundationally integrative approach.
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