Men and women at all levels of health and fitness can get knee pain at any age. Finding relief from knee pain is vital for preserving your mobility and avoiding additional damage. At I-SPINE, men and women from Keller and Houston, Texas have access to highly trained physicians who offer numerous treatments for knee pain. Dr. Reginald J. Newsome has the skill and expertise to help you get back on your feet and back into the swing of your routine. Scheduling over the phone or online makes it easy to find an appointment time to fit your busy schedule.
Knee Pain Q & A
What are the causes of knee pain?
Your knees serve a critical role in your mobility: Serving a shock absorbing function and allowing you to sit, crouch, walk, and run. Your knees are particularly vulnerable to injury or wear and tear because they're responsible for several daily tasks.
Knee pain's most common causes include:
- Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Torn meniscus
- Patellar tendinitis
- Knee bursitis
- Dislocated kneecap
- Loose bodies in the knee joint
What are the risk factors and prevention options for knee pain?
Several risk factors can increase your chances of experiencing knee pain:
- Excess weight: Carrying more weight means placing more stress on your knees and other joints. Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight relieves much of that pressure, and also reduces your risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Sports or fitness injuries: Certain sports and exercises place more strain on your knees than others. If you enjoy skiing, basketball, or running, be sure that your overall fitness is in line with those activities. You can also take precautions to avoid injury, like playing at your level and avoiding dangerous field or court conditions.
- Poor muscle strength or flexibility: If the muscles that support your knees are weak or tight, you have a greater risk of injury. Strengthening and stretching those muscles can significantly reduce your risk of injury, and add to your overall fitness and health.
Fortunately, there are also ways to reduce your risk level, even though there’s always a chance of injury or degenerative damage.
What are some treatment options for knee pain?
No two people will experience knee pain in the same way, which is why a customized treatment plan is so important. Professional athletes need different treatment options from what someone with degenerative arthritis needs, for example.
Dr. Newsome works with you to devise a plan of action that takes your specific injury, fitness level, and lifestyle into consideration. After a thorough physical examination and any necessary imaging or other screening options, Dr. Newsome can help you decide on treatment.
Relieving pain is imperative, and interventional injections can provide effective pain relief. Some work to relieve pain on a temporary basis while you pursue long-term treatment options, while others offer lasting results.
Physical therapy is another way to address knee pain. During sessions, you’ll learn stretching and strengthening techniques that can provide the right level of support to your knee joint and prevent further injury. Therapies like heat-ice, ultrasound, and TENS are also part of physical therapy.
If you are living with severe or chronic knee pain, make today the day you call I-SPINE and begin a path toward restored and pain-free knee function.