Treatments for Knee Joint Pain
Knee joint pain can severely limit your mobility and bring pain and aggravation to all areas of your life. Knee injuries must be diagnosed as soon as possible to determine the cause before the condition worsens. Even if you are not an athlete and are not engaged in vigorous physical activities, your knees are in constant use. Without the correct treatment you could experience increased loss of function, arthritis and tissue and tendon degeneration. For an active person, ignoring knee pain can bring about joint degeneration and very serious problems.
While the severity of some injuries require surgery, many kinds of knee joint pains can be relieved and reversed gently and non-surgically with musculoskeletal intervention, a cutting edge technology that stimulates the body’s native ability to heal itself. Surgery is not always necessary, and should be avoided if possible, as it will require healing and may not bring about a full range of motion.
Dr. Roy Nini’s sports medicine practice focuses on cutting-edge interventional treatments that work to resolve the correct conditions with the correct gradient of treatment for an optimum result.
A full range of solutions for your knee pain diagnosis
Some knee injuries may require a treatment plan that includes injections of saline, steroids, an anesthetic or several of them in combination. With joint injections, there are very few side effects and most patients notice a significant difference within a day or two.
Osteoarthritis sufferers are often deficient in hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring fluid shock absorber that lubricates the joint for smooth motion. Viscosupplementation is a procedure that injects hyaluronic acid into the knee to relieve friction in the moving parts to slow or halt degeneration in the joint. This treatment often brings about a rapid release from pain and increased mobility.
Certain joint conditions that are coupled with diminishing cartilage can be halted when treated with A2M, a regenerative substance derived from the patients own blood.
Stem cell injections have proven effective for a wide range of knee injuries and the therapy is becoming a leading non-invasive surgery alternative.
Another widely effective method for triggering the body’s repair response is the injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This is obtained from a small blood draw from your vein similar to a blood test draw. PRP is extracted and injected into the affected joint. This treatment can:
- Relieve pain
- Restore mobility
- Stop the degeneration process
- Assist the body in repairing the damage.
Traumeel/Zee injections are two homeopathic formulations of plant and mineral extracts that have been widely used in sports medicine. When combined, they have been shown to improve a number of conditions:
- Reduce pain
- Eliminate excessive connective tissue inflammation
- Increase joint mobility and strength
- Improve synovial fluid around the injured joint.
During your initial consultation and examination, Dr. Nini will check your knee for swelling and tenderness and evaluate the degree of pain you are experiencing. He will also assess your range of motion to determine what part of the knee joint is damaged. Many times, this is all needed to initiate an effective treatment plan. It may be necessary to do a deeper analysis through the use of X-rays, MRI scan or ultrasound to discover how the injured knee is aligned and to discover what area requires treatment.
After treatment, you may require gentle physical therapy that you can do on your own. You may also need a stabilizing brace for your knee as it heals.
Do not delay in getting help. The longer the pain exists, the more damage may be occurring. Call us to schedule a consultation today.