What can I do about knee pain?
A patient once told me to appreciate my knees because they will go out long before you’re ready! Knee pain is very difficult to deal with as literally every other step you take can be excruciating. Let’s talk about some options for knee pain.
First, conservative things first! You can treat many knee pains with the anacronym RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Don’t forget OTC meds such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, and naproxen are options depending on your medical conditions.
After conservative treatments, consider physical therapy, aqua therapy, Airrosti, and knee braces. Many times a little therapy and support can help resolve knee pain. Furthermore, topical creams can be used with benefit. You can also consider CBD cream which can provide significant anti-inflammatory benefits.
If these options don’t help, that’s where we can help! We routinely offer multiple options for patients with knee pain including:- steroid injections: used for inflammation/swelling- viscosupplementation: used as a lubricant for the knee joint for degeneration or arthritis pain- Radiofrequency: a higher-level procedure where the nerves that go to the knee are burned, blocking only the pain signals that come from your knee. This procedure is a very good option for people that have tried everything else with little benefit. Amazingly, we can even provide significant benefit in patients that have had a total knee replacement but still have pain!- Spinal Cord Stimulation:
This is another high-level procedure where we can use electrical stimulation of nerves in the back to block pain signals. This is another option for patients that have had surgery on their knees but still have pain.
As you can see, we have many options to offer and want to work with you and how you want to address your pain. Don’t give up hope! We are here to help you get back to your life!