Addressing Knee Injuries: Pain, Diagnosis and Treatment at Clinica San Roman

19 de June de 2024

The knee is a vital and complex joint, susceptible to various injuries that can cause pain and limit mobility. At Clínica San Román’s Pain Management Unit, we specialize in diagnosing and effectively treating these conditions to improve the quality of life of our patients.

Common Knee Injuries

  • Ligament Injuries: Ligaments, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL), are often injured during intense sports activities or trauma, causing instability and pain.
  • Meniscus Injuries: The meniscus acts as a shock absorber and can be damaged by sharp turns or repetitive movements, causing pain, swelling and limited mobility.
  • Chondromalacia Patella: Wear and tear of the patellar cartilage that causes pain when flexing or extending the knee, especially when climbing stairs or sitting.

Knee Pain

illustration of knee pain

Pain varies according to the cause, from acute pain in specific movements to chronic pain that limits daily activity, accompanied by sensations of blockage or instability.

Diagnosis and Evaluation

For proper treatment, we perform a comprehensive evaluation that includes clinical history, physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT).

Treatment Options

  • Conservative Treatment: Includes rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), physical therapy to strengthen muscles and improve stability, and use of supports such as knee braces.
  • Intra-articular injections: We administer corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid to relieve pain and inflammation directly into the joint.
  • Surgery: In severe cases or when conservative treatment is not sufficient, surgery may be necessary. This may include ligament or meniscus repairs, ACL reconstruction or total knee arthroplasty.

Conclusion

Knee injuries can be debilitating, but with accurate diagnosis and proper treatment, it is possible to regain function and reduce pain. At Clínica San Román, we are committed to your recovery and well-being, offering personalized and state-of-the-art treatments.

For more information or to start your journey towards a pain-free life, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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