Knee pain is common and affects people of all ages. Knee pain may resolve on its own, however, if you have persistent knee pain, Martin Quiroga, DO, MBA, and Eduardo Otero Loperena, MD, at Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine recommend you come in for an evaluation. Your ongoing knee pain may be a sign of an underlying problem that may worsen when left untreated. For comprehensive care for your knee pain, call the office in Warren, Michigan, or book an appointment online today.
You can develop knee pain from an injury, overuse, or an underlying medical condition. Common causes of knee pain include:
The severity of your knee pain may depend on the cause, ranging from a dull ache to severe pain. An acute injury may cause severe pain and limit the use of your knee.
Though your acute knee injury may heal with medical care, it may increase your risk of developing chronic knee pain from arthritis later in life.
If you have ongoing knee pain, schedule an appointment at Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine, even if the pain is mild. They can find the cause of your pain, provide treatments to ease your discomfort, and potentially prevent your pain from worsening.
When you visit Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine for a knee pain evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive exam. The goal of your exam is to find the root cause of your knee pain, so you get the most effective treatment.
Your comprehensive evaluation includes a physical exam, diagnostic imaging, and psychosocial screening. Your Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine provider also performs electromyography (EMG) to assess nerve and muscle function.
Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine customizes your knee pain treatment plan based on your diagnosis. Initially, your provider may recommend conservative medical treatments such as anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy.
However, when conservative medical care fails to provide significant relief from your pain, the experts at Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine may suggest interventional pain management treatments such as:
During a fluoroscopic-guided steroid injection, your provider injects an inflammation-reducing steroid into your knee to ease pain and improve mobility.
Viscosupplementation is a knee injection for arthritis. This injection contains a gel-like substance that supplements or replaces the synovial fluid that cushions the joint to ease pain and improve mobility.
A genicular nerve block is an injection into the genicular nerve, a sensory nerve that transmits pain signals from your knee to your brain.
If your genicular nerve block provides significant pain relief, your provider may suggest genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation. During this minimally invasive procedure, your provider uses radiofrequency energy to destroy the pain-signaling nerve for long-term pain relief.
Call Michigan Advanced Pain & Spine or schedule an appointment online today to get relief from your knee pain.