While knee pain might be a common type of pain, it can also impact your movement and mobility. Since knee pain is so common, it can also be caused by a wide variety of reasons — something we will delve into more in this post. 

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Attend one of our stem cell therapy seminars to learn more, or get started with stem cell therapy today! 

Causes of Knee Pain

As we’ve already mentioned, knee pain and chronic knee pain can happen for a variety of reasons. Common symptoms associated with knee pain can include:

  • Redness[
  • Area is warm to the touch
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness or instability of your knee
  • Inability to fully straighten your leg

All of these symptoms don’t point to just one cause of knee pain, but are aspects that can be treated using stem cells — another topic we will get into later. 

With functional medicine, finding the cause or source of your knee pain (or other injury) are vital for finding the right way to tackle that pain. Start with learning about the most common causes of knee pain and then see some options you have for treating that pain. 

Injury

Knee injuries are a common way to cause short term, long term, and chronic pain in your knee. Certain injuries can include: 

  • ACL injury
  • Knee fractures
  • Torn meniscus — The rubber cartilage that works as a shock absorber for your knee 
  • Patellar tendinitis — an irritation and inflammation or the tendons that attach your muscles to the bone 
  • Knee bursitis — an injury to the small sacs of fluid that allows your tendons and ligaments to slide over your joint 

While this list is not all-encompassing, it’s a good place to start if you’ve recently developed knee pain. 

Degeneration

Sometimes, the bone and cartilage in your knee can start to degenerate. In other cases, a piece of your bone can break off and float around in the space of your joint. While you might not notice this degeneration initially, it can start to interfere with the movement of your knee joint. If left untreated, this can cause constant and chronic pain. 

Dislocation

Dislocating your knee cap is not only painful, but can cause knee pain even after it’s healed. When you knee is dislocated, the bone that covers the front of your knee — called the patella — slides out of place. In other cases, even after your knee has healed the bone will remain displaced. 

Hip or Foot Pain

Having pain somewhere else in your body, like your hip or foot, can cause you to walk differently and cause pain in your knee. While the source of your pain is not your knee, you’re now experiencing knee pain. As you continue walking wrong to favor your hip or foot pain, you’re adding more stress on that knee joint. 

Arthritis

Certain types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis, septic arthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis, can cause pain in the knee. Again, this is another cause of knee pain that comes from an outside source. 

Some types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, are chronic conditions that cause different levels of severity in pain and can increase in severity. Other types of arthritis can make your knee joint swell while turning your knee red and swollen. 

Knee Pain and Stem Cell Therapy

Adult stem cells exist in the body to maintain and healthy tissues as they get damaged or die. But as the body ages, stem cells can become sparse in certain areas. That’s where stem cell therapy comes in. 

When outside stem cells are injected into your body, they work as messengers that encourage other cells to regrow and regenerate. Say, for example, you knee pain is caused by damaged cells but your body doesn’t have enough adult stem cells in that area to adequately help your body heal. When new stem cells arrive in that area, they can help that are heal — working to treat the source of your pain, not just mask or temporarily reduce symptoms. 

Find Relief from your Knee Pain

We hope that this post helped you learn about knee pain and why stem cell therapy might be the best solution for finding pain relief. 

If you’re ready to give stem cell therapy a try for yourself and your knee pain, sign up today with Beyer Stem Cell Institute in Tinley Park! To learn more about stem cells and ask our trained and certified functional medicine provider questions, you can also register for one of our stem cell therapy seminars!