Diagnosing and Treating Sharp Pain in the Knee

Woman holding her knee

Knee pain comes in different forms. Some types of knee pain are dull aches that may be caused by a long day of standing, walking, or running. Other types of knee pain may be more sharp or burning, which may be related to a serious medical condition.

Doctors can treat many types of sharp knee pain. Treatments vary depending on the cause and severity of your pain. They can range from chiropractic care to surgery.

To develop a treatment for your knee pain, they will first need to perform a diagnosis. This usually includes a thorough examination of the knee and a review of your symptoms and medical history. Once a diagnosis has been established, treatment can begin.

Common causes of sharp pain in the knee

  • Arthritis — The cartilage in your knee can wear down due to arthritis, which causes pain and limited range of motion. There are many forms of arthritis that can affect the knee. The two most common forms are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Nerve pain — A pinched nerve in the knee is often described as sharp. There are several conditions that put pressure on the nerves. Sometimes, this kind of pain goes away on its own after a little time. Other times, it lasts long and causes prolonged issues in the knee.
  • Bursitis — The bursae are tiny sacs of fluid that protect the joints from friction. Bursitis is when the bursae are inflamed, which causes sharp pain in the knee and a limited range of motion.
  • Torn meniscus — The meniscus is a piece of cartilage between the shin and thigh bones on each side of the knee. Sudden twisting or jerking of the knee can tear the meniscus, which can cause sharp pain.

Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for knee pain treatment

At the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute, we offer a variety of treatments for knee pain. Depending on the cause of your knee pain, you may benefit from chiropractic care, interventional procedures, or orthopedic surgery. Our team can examine the condition of your knee to determine which treatment is best for you. Contact us today to learn more about knee pain treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.