An estimated 25% of adults in the United States experience knee pain severe enough to cause immobility. At California Pain Medicine Center, the team of pain management specialists offers comprehensive diagnostic services to pinpoint the cause of your knee pain. They specialize in treating common causes of knee pain, including arthritis, dislocations, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears with conservative treatments and physical therapy. If your knee pain isn’t going away or is getting even worse, call the Santa Monica, California, office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Your knee joints are made up of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that work together to help you walk, sit, and stand.
There are a number of reasons why you might develop knee pain. If you experience trauma to your knee joint that damages the bones or soft tissues, you might experience persistent pain, swelling, and limited range of motion in your knee.
You might also develop knee pain from overuse injuries from working manual labor jobs or participating in certain sports. Obesity can also trigger persistent knee pain because of the pressure excess weight puts on your knee joint.
The team at California Pain Medicine Center also diagnoses and treats other common conditions that cause chronic knee pain, including:
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are also common causes of chronic knee pain. The ACL is responsible for keeping the knee joint in place and is prone to strains and tears from physical activity or falls.
To determine what’s causing your knee pain, the team at California Pain Medicine Center performs a comprehensive physical exam. They identify swelling or bruising in and around your knee joint and test your joint’s range of motion.
Identifying fractures, infections, and arthritis may require X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests. These are in-office tests that ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis.
Your treatment plan for chronic knee pain depends on the results of your diagnostic tests. The team at California Pain Medicine Center may initially recommend a period of rest to allow your knee joint time to heal on its own.
You may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce inflammation and pain. Medications can also make it easier to participate in physical therapy to strengthen the structures in your joint.
If your pain isn’t treatable with oral medications, you might need injections of pain-relieving medications and anti-inflammatories directly into the knee joint.
California Pain Medicine Center also offers a rehabilitation program to restore function in your knee joint after your treatment. They can provide resources that reduce your risk for future knee injuries, especially if you have degenerative arthritis or if you play sports.
To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for persistent knee pain, call California Pain Medicine Center or book an appointment online today.