Chronic Knee Pain Conditions and Treatment
More than 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.
Knee osteoarthritis symptoms occur sooner and the number of sufferers increases to two-thirds for Americans who are obese. 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 Summit Pain Alliance 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.
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).
Acupuncture can release your body’s natural pain relievers and reduce the inflammation in your knee. Your doctor may recommend a series of acupuncture sessions.
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.
This is another type of knee joint injection, in which a substance called hyaluronic acid is used. This substance is naturally present as fluid in a healthy knee, but the amount of it is reduced in a knee with osteoarthritis. Boosting the amount of hyaluronic acid can help cushion and lubricate the knee joint and reduce inflammation.
Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP)
Your doctor may recommend PRP for several types of knee injuries and conditions, including osteoarthritis and tendon, ligament, or cartilage damage. See page 18 for more information about PRP.
The cutting-edge FloGraft therapy may be recommended to help heal your knee and reduce your pain. This treatment uses amniotic material that is collected from health-screened caesarian births, without injuring the mother or baby. This material is screened and preserved. During your procedure, it is injected into the damaged area of your knee, and serves to reduce inflammation and the immune response, and contains certain proteins and cells that promote healing. After the injection, healing usually takes several weeks to a few months, and may be repeated.
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 retreated, 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 Summit Pain Alliance, 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.