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What kind of knee pain do I have?

Updated: Feb 7

Knee pain is a common concern that can be both debilitating and challenging to understand. If you've found yourself wondering, "What kind of knee pain do I have?" you're not alone. At Bayshore Medical Group in Annapolis, Maryland, we recognize that knee pain is a nuanced experience, and its origins can vary widely. In this comprehensive blog post, we'll explore the different types of knee pain, delve into the diagnostic process at our integrated medical office, and shed light on the non-steroidal, non-surgical solutions we offer.

Understanding Knee Pain: The First Step to Relief

Knee pain can manifest in various forms, each requiring a distinct approach to diagnosis and treatment. Our integrated medical team at Bayshore Medical Group specializes in identifying and addressing the root causes of knee pain, providing personalized care that goes beyond traditional medical approaches.

  1. Diagnostic Precision: Unraveling the Knee Pain Puzzle

Our journey begins with a commitment to diagnostic precision. At Bayshore Medical Group, we understand that effective treatment starts with a thorough understanding of your unique knee pain profile. Our team utilizes state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including advanced imaging techniques and in-depth physical examinations, to identify the specific type and underlying causes of your knee pain.

  1. Osteoarthritis: The Wear-and-Tear Culprit

One of the most common sources of knee pain is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition. In osteoarthritis, the protective cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears down, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling. Our diagnostic process involves assessing joint space narrowing, bone spurs, and other telltale signs of osteoarthritis.

  1. Ligament Injuries: A Dance of Stability Disrupted

Ligament injuries, such as tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or other supporting ligaments, can cause severe knee pain and instability. Through a combination of physical examinations and advanced imaging, we pinpoint the specific ligament affected and the extent of the injury.

  1. Overuse Injuries: When Repetition Takes Its Toll

Repetitive stress on the knee joint, often seen in conditions like patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner's knee) or iliotibial band syndrome, can result in overuse injuries. Our diagnostic process involves assessing biomechanics, gait analysis, and understanding your activity history to identify sources of repetitive stress contributing to knee pain.

  1. Mechanical Issues: The Dance of Alignment and Stability

Mechanical issues, such as malalignment or patellar tracking disorder, can disrupt the harmonious movement of the knee joint, causing pain and discomfort. Through a combination of physical examinations and imaging, we evaluate the alignment and stability of the knee, guiding us towards effective non-surgical solutions.

Non-Surgical Solutions at Bayshore Medical Group:

Once we've identified the type of knee pain you're experiencing, our integrated medical team at Bayshore Medical Group employs a range of non-steroidal, non-surgical solutions tailored to your specific needs.

  1. Regenerative Medicine: Igniting the Healing Process

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Using concentrated platelets from your blood, PRP therapy stimulates natural healing processes to reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair.

  • HCT Therapy: Leveraging the regenerative potential of HCT cells, this therapy aids in tissue repair and regeneration.

  1. Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: Building Strength and Resilience

  • Customized Exercise Programs: Our physical therapy department design personalized exercise regimens to improve strength, flexibility, and joint stability.

  • Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques address soft tissue restrictions, improve mobility, and reduce pain.

  1. Chiropractic Care: Aligning for Optimal Functionality

  • Joint Mobilization: Chiropractic techniques enhance joint function, promoting overall musculoskeletal health.

  • Spinal Adjustments: Correcting spinal misalignments contributes to improved knee function.

  1. Holistic Wellness: Nurturing Overall Health

  • Nutritional Counseling: Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in managing inflammation and supporting overall joint health.

  • Acupuncture: Traditional acupuncture practices can help alleviate pain by promoting balance and energy flow within the body.


At Bayshore Medical Group in Annapolis, Maryland, we understand that each knee pain journey is unique. Our integrated medical approach, combining diagnostic precision, personalized care, and innovative non-steroidal, non-surgical solutions, is designed to address your specific needs.

If you're grappling with knee pain and seeking answers, we invite you to embark on a personalized journey with Bayshore Medical Group. Let us guide you towards understanding the type of knee pain you're experiencing and provide comprehensive solutions that prioritize your well-being and long-term joint health. Your journey to pain-free living starts with a thorough understanding of your knee pain, and at Bayshore Medical Group, we're here to help you every step of the way. Our team is waiting to help you. 410-263-4171.


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What kind of knee pain do I have?

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