Knee Pain

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Southwest Pain Management

Pain and Sports Management Physicians & Pain Management located in Irving, TX

Knee pain is a problem for people of all ages and lifestyles, from elite athletes suffering tendon and ligament injuries to seniors dealing with osteoarthritis. If you have knee pain, the pain management team at Southwest Pain Management in Irving, Texas, can help relieve your discomfort. They possess considerable expertise in using conservative treatments for relieving knee pain, so give the clinic a call today or book an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

Knee pain is a common problem that can affect any of the bony structures or soft tissues that make up the knee joint. These are the:

  • Femur (thigh bone)
  • Tibia (shin bone)
  • Patella (kneecap)
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral collateral ligament
  • Medial and lateral menisci (cartilage)
  • Quadriceps tendon
  • Patellar tendon
  • Bursae (fluid-filled sacs)

Knee pain can affect people of all ages and may arise after an acute trauma such as a fall, sporting injury, or accident, or as a result of aging and tissue deterioration. 

Overuse from making repetitive motions while exercising, playing sports, or at work, can speed up the breakdown of cartilage and lead to knee pain.

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain is a common problem for many people because of the amount of strain your knees take every day. 

Younger people who engage in sports or other strenuous activities are more likely to suffer from acute injuries, whereas older people are most often affected by degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis.

The most frequent reasons people get knee pain are:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patellofemoral syndrome
  • Patellar tendinitis (runner’s knee)
  • Articular cartilage injuries
  • Patellar (kneecap) instability
  • Iliotibial (IT) band injury
  • Arthritis

Fractures and ruptured ligaments may require surgery, but many of these causes of knee pain respond well to more conservative treatment options.

How is knee pain treated?

Before they can treat your knee pain effectively, your providers at Southwest Pain Management need to find the cause of your pain. They will carry out a comprehensive evaluation and physical exam, and you may have an X-ray or another kind of diagnostic imaging test.

They also need to be able to see what’s going on inside the knee joint in detail to assess the extent of any damage.

Once they have a diagnosis, your providers can create your treatment plan, tailored to your individual needs. Potential therapies for knee pain include:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint injections
  • Genicular nerve blocks & rhizotomy of these nerves 
  • Regenerative medicine

Southwest Pain Management has state-of-the-art ultrasound-guided technology for carrying out injection treatments. Find long-lasting relief from your knee pain without having to undergo surgery by calling the clinic today, or book an appointment online.