Maybe it’s an old football injury, or perhaps it happened when you slipped on the ice after work, but knee pain can lead to mobility issues that stop you from doing the things you love. At Florida Medical Pain Management, with locations in St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Spring Hill, Florida, the team of pain management specialists can treat your pain without surgery. To learn more about the innovative treatments available, book your initial consultation online or call to schedule.
Knee Pain Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Your knee consists of a joint, as well as the muscles, bones, and ligaments that meet there. When you have knee pain, it can occur in any of those structures. While many things can lead to pain in your knee, some of the most common conditions responsible for this pain include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Bursitis or tendinitis
- Sprains and strains
- Torn meniscus
An evaluation with your provider at Florida Medical Pain Management can help determine the exact cause of your pain.
When should you see a doctor about knee pain?
While some pain in the knee may come and go with just rest, it can indicate a more significant problem and require medical intervention.
The team at Florida Medical Pain Management recommends treating acute pain in the knee with a self-care RICE treatment, which includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If your knee pain gets worse or doesn’t begin to improve after a week, you should contact your pain management specialist immediately.
If your knee pain is accompanied by significant swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint, you should schedule an appointment. Also, you should schedule an appointment if you have significant pain or a fever.
If any of the following occurs, seek immediate medical attention:
- Your knee looks deformed
- A popping noise occurred when you hurt your knee
- You can’t bear weight on the joint
- You experience intense pain
- Your knee swells suddenly
The sooner you come in for an evaluation after noticing these symptoms, the better your chances of regaining the full functioning of your knee.
How does a pain management specialist treat?
The course of treatment for pain in the knee that your doctor recommends depends on a variety of factors, including the cause of your pain, its severity, and how it impacts you.
In some cases, your pain specialist may recommend anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections. They may also suggest lubricating injections to enhance the joint’s movement.
If your pain results from a degenerative condition, your doctor may advocate for a regenerative procedure like stem cell injections, which may restore cartilage growth and eliminate or delay the need for knee surgery.
Don’t let knee pain slow you down: Find a long-term solution to your pain with the highly experienced team at Florida Medical Pain Management. Call today to schedule your appointment or book online.