Should I be concerned about my knee pain?
You might think that your aching knees are just an inevitable effect of getting older. But, if you find knee pain interferes with your daily work and chores and prevents you from doing activities you’d like to do, you may have a condition, like osteoarthritis, that deserves treatment.
Symptoms, in addition to pain, that suggest a possible knee problem include:
- Popping or crunching noises in the joint
- Redness or feelings of heat from the joint
- Knee weakness or instability
- Swelling or stiffness, especially an inability to straighten the knee
Knee pain can occur in the front, back, and side of your knee. Pain signals that something is wrong and that you need professional care.
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain may result from an injury, such as a sudden stop on the soccer field or a tackle in football. Disease and degenerative conditions, like osteoarthritis, also cause knee pain.
Your dedicated specialist uses MRIs, X-rays, and laboratory studies to help determine the cause of your pain. When the reason for your pain is better understood, the doctor can effectively develop a customized treatment plan that helps you find relief.
How is knee pain treated?
If you have an injury, like an ACL or meniscus tear, you may need surgery to repair the damage. If you have a mild tear, pain management techniques like physical therapy, medication, rest, and movement modifications may be enough to ease your pain.
Patients with degenerative conditions, like osteoarthritis, benefit from viscosupplementation injections. These injections place hyaluronic acid directly into your knee joint to improve lubrication and mobility. Hyaluronic acid is a compound your body produces naturally, but you have less of it as you age. Restoring your levels can help reduce friction in the joint and the resulting pain.
Peripheral joint injections are also a treatment option. These injections include a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and the resulting pain and stiffness.
Call Florida Pain Management Institute to set up an appointment and learn more about how the specialists can help you manage your knee pain. Alternatively, use this website to book.