Affecting nearly 20% of adults in the United States, knee pain is common but can often be debilitating. If knee pain causes problems in your life, Kevin Shaevitz, DC, and his physical medicine team offer solutions at Superior Physical Medicine in Yorba Linda, California. They use joint injections, regenerative medicine, physical therapy, and more to restore knee joint function and relieve pain. If you live in Orange County or the Anaheim Hills area, book an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool.
Knee Pain Q & A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain is discomfort that occurs in your knee joint or the area where your lower thigh bone connects to your upper shin bone. The knee joint consists of muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and other tissues. When these tissues get damaged, pain and reduced mobility can result.
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
If you have a knee injury and pain associated with it, you might notice:
- Redness or warmth
- Decreased range of motion
- Sharp or severe pain
- Dull, aching pain
- Instability or weakness
- Crunching or popping sounds
- Inability to fully straighten your knee
- Inability to bear weight on your knee
Knee pain might resolve on its own, but if not, or if your pain is severe, see the experts at Superior Physical Medicine to get evaluated.
What causes knee pain?
Anyone can develop knee pain. Common causes include tendon or ligament tears, cartilage damage, sports-related injuries, automobile accidents, fractures, bursitis, tendinitis, dislocation, and arthritis. Factors that increase your risk of knee pain include being overweight or obese, having a previous knee injury, being sedentary, and lack of muscular strength or flexibility.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
To find the root cause of knee pain and develop a personalized treatment, your provider reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. They examine your knee to evaluate signs of an injury and might use blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, or other imaging procedures to make a final diagnosis.
How is knee pain treated?
To treat knee pain and its cause, the experts at Superior Physical Medicine offer state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. They might recommend one or more of the following:
Taking certain medications can reduce inflammation and discomfort associated with a knee injury. Your provider lets you know which medicine, if any, is right for you.
Onsite physical therapists at Superior Physical Medicine help you strengthen your knee joint, improve your range of motion, accelerate healing, and relieve pain.
Your physical medicine team combines platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood with stem cell injections to repair damaged tissues, accelerate healing, and reduce discomfort associated with a knee injury. Doing so helps you avoid harsh medicines or invasive surgery.
Hyaluronic acid injections help increase knee joint lubrication and discomfort, while epidural injections offer pain relief.
Things you can do at home to improve knee pain include physical therapy exercises your therapist recommends, applying ice or heat packs to your knee, resting your knee, and wearing a brace until you fully recover.
Don’t live with debilitating knee pain when holistic treatments are available at Superior Physical Medicine. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.