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What’s Wrong If Your Knee Is Buring?

By  aenriquez  published  January 2, 2020

Burning knee pain is the sign that something is wrong that requires medical intervention. The burning feeling, usually accompanied by knee pain, could be the result of an injury to the front of the knee, the back of the knee or the side. The location of the pain will help your doctor narrow down possible diagnoses for the condition.

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Front of knee pain can be the result of several conditions. It could be from tendonitis, chondromalacia, patellofemoral pain syndrome, bursitis or arthritis.

n Tendonitis

As it sounds, this is a swelling of the tendon. A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. As such, tendons are important for proper function. They help hold the joint structure together but also provide a link between muscle and bone, which makes movement possible.

n Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia is a softening of the cartilage. Cartilage functions to support a joint, but also provides a cushion so that bone does not rub against bone when you move. Various breakdowns of cartilage through chondromalacia or long-term wear and tear or injury can create bone-on-bone friction, which can be painful.

n Bursitis

This is a swelling of the bursar, which are sacs that provide a lubricated cushion between a bone and surrounding soft tissue. This soft tissue could be skin, muscle, ligaments or tendons.

n Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis, some associated with injury and some associated with a disorder or an illness. Arthritis, in effect, means joint disease.

SIDE OF THE KNEE PAIN

 

Iliotibial band syndrome

 

This condition is marked by an overuse of the connective tissue that is situated on the outside (or lateral) side of the knee of thighs. The band, when healthy, moves forward across the condyle when the knee is extended.

 

Pes anserine bursitis

 

This is a specific bursitis condition that refers to swollen bursa located between the tibia (the shinbone) and the tendons of the so-called hamstring muscle. It is an overuse injury marked by too much fluid in the bursa that puts painful pressure on the knee.

 

Burning Pain in Back of Knee

 

Ligament tear

 

A ligament tear can be an overuse injury or it can be the result of a sudden traumatic injury. Often this is caused by a sudden twisting of the knee or a sudden extension of the leg when the ligament is not sufficiently stretched out to allow.

 

Cartilage tear

 

Cartilage, which inhabits the inner workings of a joint, residing between two bones, can also tear. You cannot sprain cartilage, but you can tear cartilage from overuse or from a sudden injury, although the former is more common.

 

Baker’s cyst

 

The space behind the knee is called the popliteal space. When this space becomes swollen, the condition is called a Baker cyst or a Baker’s cyst. The result of a Baker’s cyst is swelling and stiffness. It can be referred to as a popliteal cyst. 

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Any sprain, fracture or break should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible to prevent further injury. Let us help you return to a normal, active lifestyle with minimum pain. Call FXRX Orthopaedics and Bracing in Phoenix, Az., at 480-499-FXRX.

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Knee Treatment – You Have Many Options to Heal

By  aenriquez  published  September 5, 2018

Living with pain is not an option many are willing to tolerate, especially when life becomes unbearable and debilitating.

There are many treatment options that are available to our patients, highly effective and will get you on the road to recovery, quickly.

Knee pain is very common and treatable.  It is easy to diagnose why you have pain, but it takes a skilled physician to determine which treatments are best for healing.

Knee injuries occur in people who are athletic, play sports, have degenerative arthritis, osteoporosis, or a shocking life event (like a car accident).

Knee Arthroscopy (Knee Scope): Minimally invasive surgical procedure, where a highly trained surgeon will shave soft tissue or repair and reconstruct ligaments and cartilage.

Meniscectomy: most commonly used with a knee scope, where torn cartilage in the knee is shaved to alleviate knee pain.

Partial and Total Knee Replacement: one of the most successful orthopedic surgical procedures in treating your damaged knee, due to post-traumatic arthritis or inflammation.  Partial knee replacement is beneficial to those patients who need only one part of the injured knee replaced.

Cartilage Regeneration: cushions the knee to allow for painless mobility. 

Articular Chondrocyte Implantation: biopsy is taken to evaluate the cartilage in the knee, arthroscopic surgery is then performed to implant cartilage into the defect to heal.

Osteo Transfer Surgery: cartilage from a healthy area is taken and is moved to the damaged area in the knee.

Microfracture Procedure: an arthroscopy procedure used to stimulate new cartilage growth.  If you cannot actively participate in sporting events, athletics (such as weight lifting or running) due to pain, then we recommend giving this treatment a try.  We warn all patients that this procedure may not last long term.

DeNovo Natural Tissue Graft: used in the specific treatment of articular cartilage defect.  This is one of our newest methods of rejuvenation and healing, where a donor’s juvenile cartilage is used.  An outpatient procedure where donor tissue gets inserted into the defected area and molded with fibrin glue.

 

Orthopedic Bracing (Orthosis): is a medical device, with various functionalities.  Sometimes it is used to reshape the body or hinder any mobility of a specified part of the body.  The orthopedic brace is also used to take the weight off the injured area. 

Steroid Injections: injecting medication into your knee will remove negative symptoms.  The drugs work through your joints ( pained area) and work immediately.  Inflammation tends to decrease within 24-48 hours but used for short-term relief only.

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We offer the utmost quality care, with trusted experts, who want to see you 100% healed and healthy.

We will find where the pain is located and take actionable steps in correcting it.  Let us help you find the right treatment solution, for your specific injury.

“The natural healing force in each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”  — Hippocrates

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When A Full Knee Replacement is the Only Option

By  aenriquez  published  May 24, 2018

No-one wants to undergo a knee replacement operation but, if you are experiencing a huge amount of pain and movement is drastically reduced, surgery may be the only option. There are various reasons as to why you may need one, arthritis could damage the cartilage so that it has worn thin and bones grating against each other has made any movement painful. When you have the knee replaced, the remaining cartilage is often replaced by both plastic and metal parts. These parts interlock so that your knee can bend. Of course, having arthritis does not mean that surgery is essential. There are always other options to consider first such as stem cell therapy.

full knee surgery

There may be times, however, when stem cell treatments are just not suitable and of course, your medical professionals will guide you through the list of options. Certainly, knee surgery has changed dramatically over the last few years, with many advances being made and although this is offered less, there are times when there are no other options.

A partial knee replacement sounds less invasive than the full version but in truth, a partial knee replacement needs to have some very precise surgery i.e. bone being shaved back. This is a critical procedure as alignment must be perfect. If too little bone is removed, this would be as bad as removing too much. A partial knee replacement enables a quicker recovery rate, but it is not always possible.

 

The advantages of full knee surgery:

  • Increased mobility
  • Decreased pain

If you are suffering from knee pain and have been advised that surgery may be required, you may be understandably nervous. There are many benefits to having surgery but, there are always some risks. Risks are typically associated with age, although there are no actual age restrictions, however, most surgery of this type occurs between the ages of 50 to 80 years of age. Your health is a big consideration. If you are suffering from heart problems or, have a chronic health condition, surgery may not be an option.  Infections and blood clots can arise but, this is extremely rare. The benefits far outweigh the risks.

 

It is good to consider why you want treatment:

 

  • You are in severe pain
  • The knee joint is so stiff
  • Even when resting, pain is intense
  • You struggle to bend the knee joint
  • Chronic swelling does not dissipate
  • Another treatment has failed

 

A complete knee replacement today is much more efficient than ever and, also, less invasive.  Recovery time is quicker, and the success rate is very high. Once the surgery is over, there is less time spent in the hospital and you will be able to go home and really start the recovery process. To live without severe pain or stiffness is life changing. You can exercise, you can move, and you can sit in comfort. Importantly, you can get life back on track, hopefully, meeting friends and family regularly and avoiding low or fluctuating mood caused by pain and isolation.

 

If you are considering having a full knee replacement you are certainly not on your own. Many famous names are on the list and in the case of Steve Tyler from the rock band Aerosmith, it is hard to imagine that he had surgery as his movement is as good as ever.

 

Need to find out more information about your options for surgery? At the FRFX website, you can arrange an appointment with a medical professional. There really is no need to be in severe pain in modern times. Help is at hand.

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