Knee Pain

Goodlife Physical Medicine

Orthopedics, Pain Management, Chiropractors, Physical Therapy and Massage located in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, CA

If you’re one of the 25% of adults who struggle with knee pain that stops them from staying active, it’s time to consider integrative care from the team at Goodlife Physical Medicine in Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Seal Beach, and Torrance, California. The medical doctors, pain specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, and other professions at Goodlife Physical Medicine provide comprehensive treatment for knee pain, including advanced regenerative and interventional therapies. To get the help you need for knee pain, call your nearest Los Angeles area office, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain most often occurs due to an acute athletic injury, overuse injury, or age-related degenerative changes. The knee conditions frequently treated at Goodlife Physical Medicine include:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Runner’s knee
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Ligament tears and sprains
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

You may also develop knee pain if you have problems in your feet, hips, or lower back that alter your body mechanics. Imbalances in the natural alignment of your musculoskeletal system place excessive stress on your knees.

What symptoms develop, in addition to knee pain?

The problems that lead to knee pain often cause additional symptoms. You may experience:

  • Swelling and redness
  • Stiffness and limited movement
  • Popping or clicking sensations
  • Locking of the knee joint
  • Inability to straighten your knee
  • Inability to bear weight with your knee

You may also develop joint instability that gets worse without treatment.

How is knee pain treated?

During your first appointment, your provider identifies the underlying reason for your knee pain by performing a physical exam, reviewing your symptoms, and conducting diagnostic tests. 

When needed, you can have digital X-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, and MRIs done in the office, so your provider can quickly diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment.

In most cases, your treatment for knee pain begins with conservative therapies such as temporary immobilization, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy.

A few types of knee injuries may need surgical repair as the first line of treatment. For example, you need surgery when a meniscus tear occurs in the cartilage area that lacks a blood supply. Additionally, torn ligaments often need surgical reconstruction to ensure they regain optimal strength.

When creating your treatment plan, your provider may include a wide range of conventional and alternative treatments, such as:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic injections (viscosupplementation)

The specialists at Goodlife Physical Medicine also offer interventional treatments for chronic knee pain or pain that’s so severe you can’t fully engage in physical therapy and rehabilitation.

A few examples of interventional pain management therapies include a genicular nerve block and radiofrequency nerve ablation. Both treatments stop nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. 

Whether you suffer an acute injury or need help with the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, call Goodlife Physical Medicine or book an appointment online today.