Over 25 percent of Americans have a condition that causes knee or leg pain. Nearly half of us develop symptoms of knee osteoarthritis by age 85.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint disorders. The number of sufferers increases significantly in Americans that are obese. Being 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step. Aside from osteoarthritis, many other conditions including bursitis, tendonitis, ligament strains and injuries, cartilage injuries, and meniscus injuries can cause chronic knee pain. If you are one of the many who suffer from chronic knee pain, the doctors at Nevada Pain Care can develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you. With this extensive range of treatment options, we can help your chronic knee pain.
Chronic Knee Pain Treatment Options
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Steroid knee joint or bursa injections
- Stem cell
- Knee nerve blocks
- Knee radiofrequency ablation
Physical therapy – Your physical therapist will show you exercises that strengthen the muscles around your knee, which relieves stress on the joint.
Chiropractic care – Your chiropractor may employ treatment options such as active release technique (an active massage that addresses problems with the soft tissues of the body), or fitting you with a brace for daily wear (in the case of ligament instability or osteoarthritis).
Steroid knee joint or bursa injections – If you have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis, your doctor may recommend steroid knee joint or bursa injections. The corticosteroid medication is injected into the joint or bursa and serves to reduce inflammation, which can relieve your symptoms.
Stem cell – Emerging medical procedures such as stem cell therapy offer hope for people with nagging knee pain that other, traditional treatments haven’t alleviated. Stem cells have the power to help the body regenerate damaged areas, including knee cartilage.
One type of stem cell treatment that uses tissues gathered at birth is called amniotic tissue therapy. Amniotic tissue is especially helpful for patients looking for relief from knee pain because it contains connective tissue in addition to stem cells. When inserted into the knee, the connective tissue helps the body regenerate its own, healthy connective tissue and repair the damaged areas.
When stem cell therapy is used in an effort to alleviate knee, hip or shoulder pain, high concentrations of the cells are injected into the joint.
Knee nerve blocks – The peripheral nerves that send pain signals from the knee to the brain, the saphenous nerve and the genicular nerves, can be blocked through a procedure called a peripheral nerve block.
Knee radiofrequency ablation – If you receive good, but temporary relief from a peripheral nerve block of the saphenous or genicular nerves, your doctor may recommend a radiofrequency ablation procedure. During a radiofrequency ablation procedure, the nerves that had previously been treated with the nerve blocks are re-treated, this time with a specialized needle that applies heat to the nerve. After this procedure those nerves can no longer send pain signals to the brain. Relief from this procedure can last more than six months, and the procedure can be repeated if the pain returns.
At Nevada Pain Care, we have the training and experience to know that not every pain management technique is going to work for everyone. This is why we offer a variety of treatments and therapies, so that we can help your unique pain.