Arthritis And Knee Pain

Arthritis And Knee Pain Specialist
Arthritis can interfere with your daily activities and have a massive impact on your quality of life. It affects people of all ages and shows up in many parts of the body. The physicians at the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center located in Lisle and service the cities of Naperville, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton and Bolingbrook, IL, are experts in treating arthritic conditions and offer a range of treatments including injections, physical therapies, medicines, and acupuncture. Call the office today, or book an appointment online to learn more.

Arthritis and Knee Pain Q & A

Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain can be the result of an injury such as a dislocated kneecap, a tear, or arthritis. It can also be caused by:

Bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the bursae, the small sacs of fluid outside of your knee joint that act as a cushion for your tendons and ligaments.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the inflammation of one or more tendons -- in this case, the tendons in the knee. This complication is common for people who engage in high-impact sports.

When do I need to see a doctor for my knee pain?

You should make an appointment to have your knee examined by a Northstar physician if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Obvious swelling and inflammation
  • Instability and weakness in your knee
  • Inability to put weight on your leg
  • Inability to bend or straighten your leg properly
  • Popping or crunching sounds coming from your knee
  • Pain accompanied by fever

What is arthritis?

There are over 200 different musculoskeletal conditions that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. Arthritis means inflammation of the joint.

With inflammatory arthritis, the inflammation occurs for no apparent reason. This type of arthritis is also called an autoimmune condition because the immune system attacks instead of protects the joints. The inflammation also affects the tendons and muscles surrounding the joints.

Degenerative arthritis refers to the arthritic damage to the cartilage covering the ends of your bones. The cartilage helps your joints glide smoothly without friction and rubbing, but degenerative arthritis causes your cartilage to thin and wear away.

With osteoarthritis, the bone underneath the damaged cartilage attempts to repair the damage and overgrows, changing the shape of the joint. Damage to the joint can also trigger arthritis.

What are arthritis injections?

The physicians at the Northstar Integrated Health & Physical Medicine Center offer the advanced Supartz injections. These injections contain hyaluronan, a natural substance that lubricates the inside of the joint and restores function.

By using a natural substance found in your joint cartilage and the synovial fluid in your joints, these treatments can relieve your pain and improve your mobility.

Supartz injections supplement the poor-quality hyaluronan in your knee with a highly purified solution extracted from rooster combs. This quick procedure is extremely effective.

Call or book your appointment online and let the Northstar physicians work with you to reduce your knee pain.

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