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Knee Pain

Rheumatology Center of New Jersey

Rheumatologists located in Princeton, Somerville, Flemington and Monroe, NJ

Inflammatory disorders that cause knee pain and hinder your ability to perform routine day-to-day tasks require the care of a rheumatologist. The board-certified team of doctors at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey offers state-of-the-art treatments to reduce knee pain and boost quality of life. Call or book an appointment online today at their Monroe, Somerville, or Flemington, New Jersey location to learn more.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Various factors can lead to knee pain, including several chronic health conditions. Possible causes of knee pain include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (spinal inflammation)
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Lyme disease
  • Knee injuries
  • Bone tumors

What are the symptoms of knee pain?

The primary symptom of knee pain is a feeling of discomfort within or near your knee, but other symptoms may include:

  • Knee stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Instability
  • Redness
  • Feeling warm to the touch
  • Inability to straighten the knee
  • Crunching or popping sounds within the knee

How is knee pain diagnosed?

To diagnose knee pain and develop a treatment plan, the team of doctors at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey review your medical history and complete a physical examination.

You may receive a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), also known as bone densitometry, to produce images that measure bone loss and check for osteoporosis.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) is another diagnostic tool for knee pain. The Sonosite M-Turbo ultrasound machine allows your doctor to view moving joints, tears, and areas of erosion or inflammation to determine what’s causing your knee pain.

How is knee pain treated?

Your rheumatologist at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey develops a treatment plan for your knee pain that aims to treat the cause, not just the symptoms. Various treatment options are available, such as:

Medication Infusions/Injections

Medicinal injections or infusions are useful for treating knee pain and are an excellent alternative to invasive surgery. They can also slow the progression of arthritis, lupus, other inflammatory diseases, and osteoporosis. Knee injections help restore fluid in the knee, lubricate and cushion joints, and ease the pain.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

PRP therapy uses platelet-rich blood plasma injections to reduce inflammation, improve pain, and promote healing at the site of knee pain. Professional athletes Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Hines Ward, and Peyton Manning have even used PRP therapy!

To discover a long-lasting solution that can end your struggle with knee pain, call the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey to schedule an appointment or book online today.