Knee Pain

John S. Michels, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

John S. Michels, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dallas, TX

You’re not alone if you suffer from neck pain that’s severe enough to limit your movement or activities, as it’s estimated that 10-20% of adults experience the same problem. John S. Michels, MD, of Interventional Spine & Pain in Dallas, serving greater Dallas/Ft. Worth, Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, and surrounding areas, has years of experience using innovative interventional therapies to help patients find relief from their neck pain. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What commonly causes knee pain?

Overuse injuries like runner’s knee, and trauma such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), meniscus, and tendon tears are the most common causes of acute knee pain.  Chronic knee pain frequently develops due to:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst (fluid buildup behind your knee)
  • Chondromalacia patella (cartilage problem in young athletes)

You’re at a higher risk for developing knee pain if you’re active in sports, you’ve had a previous knee injury, or you’re overweight. For every pound of extra weight you carry, your knees absorb 4 extra pounds of pressure every time you take a step.

What symptoms might occur in addition to pain?

Knee pain may come in the form of a constant ache, a sharp pain when you put weight on your knee, or even a burning pain. In addition to pain, knee injuries cause symptoms such as:

  • Swelling
  • Knee stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Knee catching or locking
  • Feeling like your knee will give out
  • Inability to put weight on your knee

When your knee pain is caused by arthritis, you’ll have the classic symptoms of progressively worsening pain, stiffness, and loss of movement as the disease progresses.

How is knee pain treated?

When you have chronic knee pain, Dr. Michels specializes in numerous interventional treatments that offer relief, such as:

Genicular nerve block with ablation

The genicular nerve carries pain signals from the knee to your brain. Dr. Michels performs a diagnostic nerve block by injecting anesthesia at the nerve.

If your pain is relieved, then he can perform a radiofrequency ablation. During the ablation, he uses heat to wound the nerve, which stops the nerve signals from reaching your brain and provides long-term pain relief.

Intra-articular steroid injections

When Dr. Michels injections steroids into your knee joint, they relieve your pain by reducing inflammation.

Hyaluronic acid injections

Hyaluronic acid injections restore lubrication to your knee joint, improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis.

Can regenerative medicine relieve my knee pain?

Regenerative medicine therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell injections promote healing using your body’s natural regenerative abilities. The platelets in a PRP injection release growth factors that stimulate new tissue production and accelerate healing.

When Dr. Michels injects stem cells, they self-replicate and produce new cartilage, ligaments, tendons, muscles, or blood vessels — whatever tissues your knee joint needs to heal.

If you’re suffering from debilitating knee pain, you’ll find the treatment you need at Interventional Spine & Pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today.