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Common Causes of Knee Pain

Common Causes of Knee Pain

It is estimated that the average, moderately active person will walk about 110,000 miles during their lifetime.[1] That’s the equivalent of eight round-trip walks from Houston to Alaska.[2]

Although most people will never make that trek once, yet alone eight times, they will still put their knees to work walking, running, bending, kicking, kneeling, etc. It is no wonder then that knee pain is one of the most common complaints doctors hear from their patients.

Basic Knee Anatomy

The knee joint is where many of the body’s major muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and bones meet. To accurately treat knee pain, the physician must first determine if the pain is coming from:

Main Causes of Knee Pain

Usually, the reason for knee pain can be attributed to three main causes:

Options for Treating Knee Pain

Patients who suffer from painful knees have options for treatment that can provide long-term relief. These include:

Specialists in pain medicine can provide the best options based on the source of the pain and the degree of injury or degeneration.

Dr. Skaribas is fellowship-trained and double board certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology. He has extensive experience in using fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance to direct epidural steroid injections and nerve blocks to the source of chronic knee pain.

Sources:

[1] https://snowbrains.com/brain-post-how-far-does-the-average-human-walk-in-a-lifetime/

[2] Houston to Anchorage 8,266 miles (round trip)

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4553424/

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