Achy Knees - Causes and Treatments
Dealing with achy knee pain and knee discomfort?
Knees are one of the most stressed joints in the body—they are also the most complicated. Which is why people of all ages, both athletes and inactive people, are likely to experience achy, dull knee pain at some point. Let’s explore some of the most common causes of achy knee pain.
Achy Knee Pain Causes
Strain and pressure around the knee joint due to an imbalance in the muscles
The break down of the protective cartilage in the knee due to wear and tear or repeated injuries
Painful inflammation that destroys the knee joint structure sometimes caused by autoimmune disease or hereditary factors
Treatments for Knee Discomfort
Depending on your condition, you may be able to treat your knee pain using conservative methods such as:
WEARING APPROPRIATE SHOES
AVOIDING STRENUOUS ACTIVITY
Surgery for Achy Knees
If the cause of your achy knees is keeping you from living an active lifestyle, surgery may be the correct course of action. Find out which common surgeries help with dull, achy knee pain.
Autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI)
Stem cell therapy
Osteochondal transplantation (OAT)
These techniques help to rebuild the cartilage covering the knee by supplementing the existing cartilage with a graft or stimulating the bone to produce new cartilage.
During a knee osteotomy, a portion of the femur or tibia is cut in order to remove or insert a wedge-shaped piece of bone. Ultimately, the leg bones are “reshaped” to relieve pressure in specific areas of the knee joint.
Typically performed arthroscopically, this surgery helps to restore normal function and relieve knee pain by replacing your meniscus with a donor meniscus.