Knee Pain Specialist

Edwin F. Barry, DC, DABCO -  - Pain Management Physician

Avalon Laser Therapy

Edwin F. Barry, DC, DABCO

Pain Management Physician & Laser Therapy Specialist located in Voorhees, NJ

Dr. Barry of Avalon Laser Therapy in Voorhees, New Jersey provides innovative laser treatments for his patients from throughout Camden County and the Philadelphia area who suffer from knee pain.

Knee Pain Q & A

What Causes Knee Pain?

Knee pain is a common problem associated with any of the bony structures, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons found in the knee joint. Knee pain is often a result of an injury to or deterioration of the ligaments and cartilage of the knee. Knee pain is typically divided into three common categories: Acute injury, medical conditions, and chronic use/overuse conditions. Acute injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Ligament injuries such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury
  • Meniscus injuries where the shock-absorbing cartilage is injured
  • Dislocation of the joint

Medical conditions include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis which affects the joints
  • Gout arthritis
  • Septic arthritis where the knee joint is infected

Chronic Use/Overuse conditions include:

  • Patellar tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons connecting the kneecap to the lower leg
  • Osteoarthritis caused by use and age

When Should I Seek Treatment for Knee Pain?

Any pain which is not getting better with rest or does not recede within a few days should be evaluated by the doctor. If you are unable to move the joint or your mobility is affected, you should make an appointment with Dr. Barry as soon as possible for assessment and treatment. Symptoms that indicate an urgent need for medical attention include:

  • Cannot bend the joint
  • Cannot walk without discomfort or cannot walk at all
  • Inflammation
  • Deformity
  • Extreme pain

How Does Laser Therapy Help Knee Pain?

Laser therapy stimulates cellular responses to increase the permeability and elasticity of the cell walls, allowing fluid that is trapped between the cells (lymphedema/inflammation) to flow back into the system and out through the natural waste processes. Improved drainage often provides immediate improvement in range of motion and relief to knee pain and pitting edema. This improved elasticity also increases blood flow which relieves to the burning, stinging discomfort of neuropathic pain and facilitates faster wound healing.