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:
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.
The problems that lead to knee pain often cause additional symptoms. You may experience:
You may also develop joint instability that gets worse without treatment.
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:
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.