Knee Pain

Joseph P. Mullane, MD

Sports Medicine & Family Medicine located in Hamilton and Robbinsville, Hamilton Square, NJ

Knee pain is a common condition typically caused by damage to the joints, bones, ligaments, or cartilage. In Hamilton Square, New Jersey, Joseph Mullane, MD, and his team provide effective and reliable knee pain treatments that can offer substantial relief. To determine the cause of your knee pain or learn more about the available treatments for it, call the office conveniently located near the Hamilton and Robbinsville neighborhoods or request an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

Many people experience knee pain at some point in their life. The type of pain you experience depends on the cause of your knee pain. Common symptoms include:

  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Dull ache 
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the knee
  • Swelling
  • Popping or crunching sensation 
  • Limited range of motion

While you may be able to manage minor knee pain at home, if your knee pain developed after an injury or your pain is impairing your ability to use your knee, then it’s time to contact the team at Joseph Mullane, MD. 

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain can be caused by several conditions that affect the joints, bones, ligaments, and cartilage. It is frequently caused by injuries like fractures, bone fragments, damaged ligaments, or cartilage, often caused by sports-related activities, such as sudden stops, turns, and drops. 

Arthritis is another leading cause of knee pain due to swelling and tenderness in the joints. Arthritis commonly results in stiffness, pain, and limited mobility. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is caused by the gradual deterioration of cartilage that protects the bones in your knee. 

The severity of your knee pain depends on the underlying cause. Patients with knee injuries or knee pain often experience:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the knee

If your knee pain isn’t responsive to at-home care, Dr. Mullane can help you determine the right treatment for improving or relieving your symptoms. Without the right treatment, knee pain can become a chronic issue that interferes with your everyday life. 

How is knee pain treated?

Treatment for knee pain aims to reduce pain and restore function and mobility. Depending on the cause of your knee pain, there are several effective treatment options. To determine the cause of your condition, Dr. Mullane may perform imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI, in addition to a physical exam. 

Treatments for knee pain include:

  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Surgery
  • Regenerative medicine

Nonsurgical options like corticosteroid injections and physical rehabilitation are typically the first steps taken to address knee pain.

Physical rehabilitation can help you restore strength to the muscles in your knee and help you regain stability and an improved range of motion. Depending on your diagnosis, you and Dr. Mullane work together to develop the right treatment plan for you. 

To find out which knee pain treatment is right for you, request an appointment with Joseph Mullane, MD, by phone or use the online booking feature today.