Staying physically active is a great way to maintain your health, but if you participate in high-impact activities, your risk for developing knee pain increases. The pain experts at the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona specialize in custom treatment plans to address the root cause of your knee pain. At their offices throughout Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Safford, Benson and Willcox, Arizona, the physicians offer on-site nonsurgical treatments, including joint injections, to quickly alleviate pain and get you back to your usual activities. Schedule an appointment today at the office nearest you by calling or requesting an appointment online.
There are a variety of reasons you can develop ongoing pain in your knee, including:
In some cases, excess pressure on the knee joints from being overweight or repetitive motions from sports can result in chronic knee pain and disability.
To get a better understanding of what may be causing your knee pain, your provider reviews your medical history, your symptoms, and the activities you were doing before your pain began. Your physician also performs a physical exam of your knee joint, checking for areas of swelling, redness, and pain. They may ask you to do certain movements to see how pain interferes with your mobility.
Imaging tests, like X-rays, CT scan, or an MRI, can show bone or soft tissue damage and help your physician at Pain Institute of Southern Arizona determine the root cause of your knee trouble.
Your custom treatment plan focuses on the cause of pain, with the goal to alleviate pain and associated symptoms so you can regain your mobility. Initially, treating knee pain from arthritis or inflammation may involve rest and over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Physical therapy can also improve the flexibility of your knee joint and reduce the severity of your pain.
When pain isn’t relieved by medications, your provider may recommend injections that contain a local anesthetic and steroids. These medications go directly into the joint to reduce inflammation and provide long-lasting pain relief.
If you have a serious injury, such as a tendon tear or damage to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), your provider may refer you for surgery to repair or reconstruct the tissues.
Your physician at Pain Institute of Southern Arizona may also suggest lifestyle modifications to reduce knee pain and prevent additional injuries. Modifications may include losing weight and opting for low-impact activities and exercise.
If chronic knee pain is slowing you down, consider the benefits of pain management services. You can schedule a consultation using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you.