5 Ways to Combat Knee Pain5 Ways to Combat Knee Pain

5 Ways to Combat Knee Pain5 Ways to Combat Knee Pain

American adults are no strangers to knee pain — one in four report chronic problems with achy knees. Thankfully, there are ways in which we can help you find relief from your knee pain, five of which we review here.

Your life used to be fuller before knee pain made your world increasingly smaller. If you’re tired of feeling like a prisoner to your painful knees, you’re not alone — one in four adults in the United States report chronic knee pain.

If you want to regain the ability to move freely and without pain in your knees, the good news is that you have options. Here at Spine & Orthopedic Center, Dr. Rajiv Sood and our team offer numerous solutions that can help combat knee pain. Let’s take a look at five such solutions.

1. Interventional injections

One of the frontline treatments for knee pain is interventional injections. We offer two different types:

Corticosteroid injections

We inject a local anesthetic mixture to immediately relieve knee pain and a corticosteroid, which tackles inflammation. These injections can provide weeks or months of pain-free movement.

Hyaluronic acid injections

To help your knees function more smoothly, we can inject hyaluronic acid (HA) into the joints. HA is a natural lubricant already found in many of the joints in your body.

2. Regenerative medicine

If your knee pain stems from damaged soft tissues, we can turn to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. This form of regenerative medicine initiates a healing cascade that helps your knees to rebuild tissues quicker.

PRP therapy is great for knee osteoarthritis or helping people heal from swift tissue injuries, such as ligament or meniscus tears.

3. Interventional therapies

If we identify a specific nerve or nerve group responsible for your knee pain, we can address these nerves directly with interventional therapies to disrupt the pain signaling. These therapies include radiofrequency ablation to cauterize or block the nerve with a local anesthetic.

4. Physical therapy

Your knees are the largest joints in the human body and among the hardest working. To help support these joints, you must strengthen surrounding tissues, such as your hamstring and quad muscles. Physical therapy is a great way to combat knee pain in the long term.

Through physical therapy, we not only take the pressure off your knees by beefing up muscle support but also help keep the tendons and ligaments inside your knees strong and flexible to prevent injury.  

We can reduce inflammation and knee pain by strengthening and increasing flexibility in your knees.

5. Bracing and support

Dr. Sood is a Medicare-certified DME provider, which means he can help you access assistive devices that can help protect your knees, such as braces. From soft, pull-up braces to more complex mechanical braces that allow you to get back to a higher level of activity, we can find the right support for your painful knee(s).

To determine which approach is best for remedying your knee pain, please contact our office in Jonesboro, Georgia, to schedule a consultation.