What can I do for knee pain?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

By: Betsy Hansen

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Knee pain is a frequent issue for patients that Todd Bruss, PA-C, treats at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic. “Over 85 percent of your common complaints in an orthopedic clinic are due to knee pain,”  Bruss says.


Knee pain can range from a minor issue to a debilitating ache. With his expertise, he has a few tips before patients seek a physician. His first piece of advice: Become proactive. The tried and true “RICE” method is also recommended: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.


“Step back from the things that are causing the issues. Most of your pain is due to inflammatory process,” Bruss says. Limit your activities and you may notice a certain exercise, like weights or stairs, causes the pain.


“A lot of your knee pain, unless it’s a major injury, is really stemming from above or below the knee,” Bruss says. However, if the pain is not resolved within a few weeks, Bruss advises to seek a skilled healthcare professional.


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