What is knee pain?
Your knee is a complex joint made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Knee pain can result from a disease or injury and may present as:
- Sharp pain
- Dull, aching pain
- Popping or crunching sounds
- Inability to fully straighten your knee
Sometimes knee pain subsides with rest and proper at-home care. If yours doesn’t, the pain management specialists at Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers are here for you.
What causes knee pain?
Numerous diseases or injuries, including sports- or work-related injuries, can cause knee pain. Examples include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries
- Collateral ligament injuries
- Meniscus or tendon tears
Several factors increase your risk of developing knee pain, such as being overweight, lack of strength or flexibility, playing certain sports, and having a previous knee injury.
How is knee pain treated?
After carefully reviewing your medical history, examining your knee, and using blood or imaging tests, your practitioner diagnoses the cause of knee pain and discusses your treatment options. They might recommend one or more of the following:
Your practitioner may use nerve blocks that block pain signals along nerve pathways. They use ultrasound-guided injections to locate specific nerves for pain relief.
Steroid injections, including cortisone injections, help reduce knee inflammation and the pain it causes. Your practitioner completes steroid injections in about an hour and the pain relief you experience might last several weeks, months, or years.
Physical therapists at Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers work with you to strengthen and stretch tissues in your knee to ease pain and improve mobility.
If you have a severe knee injury, surgery might be the best option for long-term pain relief and full joint restoration. While often a last resort, your provider might recommend surgery to repair or replace your knee joint to give you the best possible outcome.
Don’t live with debilitating knee pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online with Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers today.