Chronic knee pain isn’t just a problem for older people as it affects nearly 17% of all adults, making it the most common source of chronic pain. John S. Michels, MD, of Interventional Spine & Pain in Dallas was a Super Bowl-winning player in the NFL, so he knows a thing or two about knee pain and has the medical expertise to help you find relief. Call the office or use online booking to schedule a consultation today.
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:
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.
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:
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.
When you have chronic knee pain, Dr. Michels specializes in numerous interventional treatments that offer relief, such as:
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.
When Dr. Michels injections steroids into your knee joint, they relieve your pain by reducing inflammation.
Hyaluronic acid injections restore lubrication to your knee joint, improving movement in patients with osteoarthritis.
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.