You can have chronic knee pain when you have an injury that doesn’t heal properly, such as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or a torn meniscus.
Other possible causes of persistent knee pain include kneecap dislocations, strains from overuse or wear and tear, and arthritis or other underlying medical conditions.
Your integrative medicine specialist at Enhanced Medical Centers will evaluate your knee to determine the cause of your pain.
Knee pain can vary according to which part of the joint it affects, how severe it is, and whether or not you have any other symptoms.
You might have knee pain that only affects one part of your knee, or chronic knee pain might affect the entire joint. You might also have other symptoms with pain, such as the following:
You should seek medical care if your knee pain becomes severe or if it doesn’t go away. If you can’t put any weight on your knee or if you’re unable to bend it all the way, you should also have it evaluated.
Mild knee pain that occurs occasionally might be an inconvenience, but keep in mind that it can indicate an underlying problem with the joint.
The treatment you need for knee pain depends on what’s causing it. Conventional treatments include taking non-prescription pain medications, stretching, and applying ice or heat to the affected area.
If those types of treatments aren’t effective, the integrative medicine specialists at Enhanced Medical Centers might provide you with other options, such as chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, corticosteroid injections, or physical therapy.
This treatment can provide more effective relief since the injections deliver anti-inflammatory medicine directly to your knee. These injections might provide you with ongoing relief for a few months, but keep in mind that these results vary from patient to patient.
You can have corticosteroid injections more than once in a given year, although the total number of times is limited because of specific risks.
If you need treatment for knee pain, contact Enhanced Medical Centers to set up an appointment with an integrative medicine specialist.
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