At OrthoColorado, we specialize in the treatment of knee pain that interferes with your ability to live life to the fullest. Whether you’re an athlete who’s suddenly experienced an ACL injury or a retiree who’s gradually developed arthritis in the knees, there are a number of causes for knee pain.
Among the most common conditions we treat at OrthoColorado Hospital include:
The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis afflicts over 20 million Americans. Also known as “wear and tear arthritis,” this joint disease slowly wears away the cartilage of your knee joint over time. In advanced cases, bones may rub against each other, causing pain and stiffness.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, meaning your body attacks its own healthy tissues by mistake. This causes the lining of your joints to painfully swell, and it may eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity.
A defining feature of rheumatoid arthritis is that it usually happens symmetrically. That is, if you experience symptoms in one knee, your other knee will probably be affected as well.
If you’ve suffered an injury to the knee, such as a sports injury, you may develop post-traumatic arthritis in the same area, even years down the road. This condition results from damage caused to your cartilage and bone, making them wear out more quickly. You may develop this type of arthritis more rapidly if you repeatedly injure the area or carry excess body weight.