Knee pain is among the most common issues that bring men and women to the care of Firas Hijazi, MD, and Satvik Munshi, MD, and the team at LA Pain Doctor. The practice specializes in knee pain and many other types of joint problems, and is a valuable resource to the communities of Metairie, LaPlace, Harvey, and New Orleans, Louisiana. If you or a loved one is living with severe or persistent knee pain, call the office to book a visit or schedule an appointment online today.
Your knee is an incredibly complex joint, consisting of four bones, numerous muscles, and the tendons and ligaments that hold the joint together. There are also many nerves and blood vessels within your knee joints, and various other tissue types.
If something goes wrong with any of these components, serious pain can occur. Your knees go through a wide range of motion every day, and are subjected to many types of strain and stress. When you consider the weight that is placed on your knees and the number of movements they experience each day, the question becomes why knee pain isn’t even more common.
Traumatic injury can damage your knee joint and cause immediate pain. Sports injuries are also a common source of knee pain, and can occur during practice, play, or even while pursuing your fitness goals.
Fractures can lead to knee pain, including very small breaks that are not immediately apparent. A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is a system of four separate ligaments, can be very painful.
Additional causes include:
If you are overweight or obese, your knee joints are placed under excessive strain. However, if you work out too hard or too often, you can also experience knee issues. Finding the right balance is an important part of your joint health and your overall health and wellness.
Your doctor performs a thorough diagnostic work-up to determine the source of your joint pain. You’ll learn about your treatment options before moving forward with a decision.
Joint injections can provide relief in some cases. By introducing a mixture of corticosteroid and analgesic medication directly into the affected joint, inflammation and pain can be lessened considerably.
Anti-inflammatory medications can also help, especially in the short term. Neuropathic drug therapy can help treat pain that stems from neuropathy, and even opioid medications have a role in the treatment of acute injuries.
Physical therapy is a great way to strengthen your knee joint, and can even help prevent future injury. Spinal cord stimulation is another option, and works by using controlled electrical currents to disrupt pain signalling between body and brain.
Don’t live with ongoing or severe knee pain. Call LA Pain Doctor to learn more about your options, or try the easy online booking tool to set up a visit from the comfort of home, any time of day or night.