Knee Pain

The Regenerative Medicine Clinic

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Molecular Immunobiologists located in Wilmington, NC

Your knees are complex joints that endure a lot of stress, making them vulnerable to injury and pain. Orthopedic sports medicine surgeon and regenerative orthopedist, Austin Yeargan III MD, at The Regenerative Medicine Clinic, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and takes a simple and natural approach to care that helps you get back to doing what you enjoy. For an appointment, contact the office in Wilmington, North Carolina, by phone or book your visit online. Dr. Yeargan also offers telemedicine consultations.

Knee Pain

What causes knee pain?

You can develop knee pain after an injury, or it may occur due to an underlying disease. Common causes of knee pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation
  • Meniscus tear
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Tendonitis


Pain can also be caused by loose bodies, which are fragments of bone or cartilage in the knee. Knee pain can also develop if you’re overweight or obese or if you’re altering the way you walk due to issues related to your ankles or hips.

What are common knee pain symptoms?

The symptoms you experience from your knee pain may depend on the underlying cause. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Dull ache
  • Sharp, severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Obvious deformity
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Unable to bear weight on the knee


If your knee pain impairs your ability to use your knee, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Yeargan for an evaluation. 

How is knee pain treated?

Treatment for your knee pain may depend on the underlying cause. Despite being an expert orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Yeargan takes a conservative approach to care, looking for the simplest, most natural treatment option to relieve your knee pain and support healing of the underlying cause.

Treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Assistive devices


Dr. Yeargan also offers regenerative medicine as a treatment option for knee pain.

What is regenerative medicine?

Regenerative medicine is a new area of medical care focused on supporting your body’s natural healing process. The Regenerative Medicine Clinic uses stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for regenerative treatments.

Signal cell based therapy is your body’s blank cells that have the ability to transform into other cells to help heal and regenerate new tissue. With signal cell based therapy, Dr. Yeargan injects the stem cells directly into your knee to accelerate the process.

PRP is a blood product created from your own blood. PRP has a high concentration of platelets that contain growth factors and other specialized proteins. When injected into your knee, the healing properties in the PRP assist in reducing inflammation, easing pain, and supporting the healing process. 

What knee conditions benefit from regenerative medicine?

Dr. Yeargan is a regenerative orthopedic specialist and may use regenerative medicine for many knee conditions, such as arthritis, tendonitis, meniscal tears, and ligament sprains. The goal of his regenerative medicine treatment is to maximize all conservative treatment options before resorting to surgery.

For an evaluation of your knee pain, call The Regenerative Medicine Clinic.