Knee Pain is a common problem with varying causes that may include acute injuries to ongoing medical conditions.
Knee pain can come from conditions affecting the surrounding bones such as the tibia, femur and fibula, from the knee cap (patellar) itself or from the ligaments and cartilage surrounding the knee. Knee pain doesn’t discriminate, it can affect people of all ages.
Obesity, strenuous exercise, accidents, impact and sports injuries can all be causes of knee pain. Osteoarthritis (OA), which affects the cartilage of the joints and synovial fluid lubricating the joints, is also a common cause of knee pain as well as being the most common form of arthritis.
Signs of OA of the knee are pain and stiffness after resting or waking up, pain in the knee during movement, a cracking sound or grating feeling in the knee.
Treating knee pain
If home remedies, such as icing, are no longer effective in treating the pain you are experiencing you may wish to seek help from a specialist.
- Genicular Nerve Block: This nerve block has wide range of uses. It is appropriate for patients experiencing any chronic knee pain, degenerative joint disease, OA and those unfit candidates for knee replacement surgery.
- Genicular Radiofrequency ablation (RF): If a patient experiences success with Genicular Nerve Blocks but the pain returns a Radiofrequency ablation, cauterization of the nerve surrounding the joint, may be recommended to provide prolonged pain relief.
- Supartz Injections: Specifically for patients presenting with knee pain due to osteoarthritis. This type of treatment supplements poor quality fluid surrounding and protecting the joints.
- PRP – Platelette Rich Plasma Injection: Regenerative Therapies such as PRP inject patients with their own plasma.
- Surgery: In cases where a patient is a good candidate knee surgery may be the right option. Speak to your pain management specialists about candidacy for surgery and to be referred to an appropriate surgeon for your specific condition.