When you need relief from chronic knee pain, you can find nonsurgical solutions at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine. At their offices in Houston, Texas; and in Raritan, Lawrenceville, Bordentown, and East Brunswick, New Jersey, the board-certified pain management specialists offer a variety of on-site treatments for knee pain, including joint injections and regenerative therapies using stem cells. Find out how to get long-term relief of knee pain by calling the Performance Pain and Sports Medicine office nearest you today.
When you experience acute knee pain that lasts less than six weeks, it’s likely due to muscle strains. Strains often develop from muscle overuse due to strenuous exercise and sports participation.
If knee pain lasts longer than six months, it may be the result of an underlying or degenerative condition. The team at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions that cause knee pain, including:
Tendinitis is a condition that describes inflammation and damage in the soft tissues of the knee.
A Baker’s cyst develops due to degenerative changes in your knee from osteoarthritis or a meniscal tear. The cyst forms at the back of the knee and can cause swelling and pain that interferes with the flexibility of your knee joint.
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that describes the wear and tear of the protective cartilage that lines the ends of your joint bones. Without sufficient cartilage, your bones rub together and create friction, inflammation, and pain.
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee. Overuse of your knee joint can lead to tears in the meniscus tissue, which in turn creates pain and persistent inflammation.
The iliotibial band sits across your knee joint. Due to overuse from strenuous activity and repetitive bending, this tissue band can become irritated and cause pain in the outer part of your knee joint.
The ACL is a large ligament in your knee that makes movement possible. Stress on this joint from strenuous activity or trauma can lead to tissue tears that become swollen and painful.
Your Performance Pain and Sports Medicine provider takes time to review your medical history and your usual activities to diagnose the cause of knee pain. They perform a physical exam of your knee joint, testing your flexibility and range of motion.
To get a better look at the inner structures of your knee, your physician may request imaging tests like X-rays or an ultrasound to identify tissue tears, areas of inflammation, and conditions like osteoarthritis.
If you’re not finding relief from chronic knee pain with over-the-counter or prescription medications, you may be a candidate for joint injections. Joint injections contain a steroid medication and an anesthetic to reduce inflammation and pain, so you can engage in physical therapy and other activities to boost the health of your knee joint.
Other available treatment options for chronic knee pain include:
Prolotherapy is a procedure that involves injecting a solution into the knee to irritate the tissue. This triggers your body’s healing response and a boost in your blood circulation to heal tissue damage from the inside out.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections and stem cell therapy stimulate your body’s own natural healing abilities to relieve pain.
PRP and stem cells are already in your blood and are important for the formation of new, healthy cells. Stem cells also have the unique ability to regenerate into any type of cell, including soft tissue, to repair damage from injuries and degenerative diseases.
You don’t have to live with chronic knee pain. Find out how Performance Pain and Sports Medicine can help restore knee joint function with the lowest surgical rates when patients follow the expert recommendations. Call the office nearest you today.