Lawrenceville Knee Pain Treatment
Explore Our Knee Pain Relief Options
At Royal Blue Medical Center, we offer treatment for patients suffering from knee injuries and chronic pain conditions like osteoarthritis. In some cases, these problems can be so severe that knee replacement surgery is needed. While effective, knee surgery is a drastic step and should only be used as a last resort. Many patients are able to find the relief they need with less invasive treatments. We have helped many people prevent the need for surgery.
Our team can help you work toward a life free of knee pain. Through alternative treatment methods, you can be freed of your struggles with knee pain without needing to go through surgery. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and get started on your treatment.
Identifying Causes of Knee Pain
Knee injuries and chronic knee pain not only cause discomfort, but can severely limit a person’s mobility and balance. If you are experiencing knee pain, it is crucial to identify the issue as soon as possible and begin treatment. Identifying the cause of your knee pain may involve a multitude of tests as well as general diagnostic investigation by a doctor.
You may be asked questions such as:
What are your symptoms?
Can you trace the cause of your pain to an injury?
Do you play sports, work a labor intensive job, or participate in other physically strenuous activities?
Are you living with any other medical conditions or symptoms?
Beyond asking questions, a doctor may need to conduct medical tests to determine the cause of your knee pain. Imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and MRI tests can be used to identify bone fractures and other issues with the bones, tissues, tendons, and ligaments. If imaging tests do not identify any issues or if an infection appears to be the cause of your pain, you may need to undergo blood tests and other lab tests.
Knee injections are often recommended for patients with knee arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that wears away at the protective cartilage covering in the knees. It can develop gradually over time and is more likely to occur for someone who has suffered from a ligament tear or tendon injury.
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured as of yet, but treatment can significantly delay its progress and reduce pain. Patients can put off knee surgery for years, or even their entire lives with effective treatments.
Lifestyle Changes & Home Remedies for Knee Pain
There are several lifestyle and home remedies that can help to alleviate your knee pain symptoms in tandem with your medical treatments. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) can help to ease discomfort. Some people also find that rubbing the affected knee with certain numbing creams that contain the lidocaine or capsaicin.
Common self-care measures for knee pain include:
- Rest. Take a break from activities that put strain on your knee and give your knee time to heal. Depending on the injury or condition behind your pain, a day or two of rest may be all that is needed. A longer recovery time may be required for more severe injuries.
- Ice. Applying ice or cold compresses to your knee can help to aid with pain and reduce inflammation. A bag of frozen peas works as a good substitute for an ice pack as it can cover the whole knee. Just don't use ice for longer than 20 minutes, as longer exposure can potentially cause damage to your skin or nerves.
- Heat. Applying a hot water bottle or a heat pack to your painful knee can help to provide temporary relief.
- Elevation. Try propping up your affected knee with pillows to reduce swelling.
- Compression. Compression bandages and braces help to maintain alignment and stability in the affected knee, while also minimizing fluid buildup in damaged tissues.
How We Determine the Type of Treatment that is Best for You
We provide a variety of different treatment options that can be an effective way to treat knee pain. To determine which type of treatment is best for you, we will look into the cause of your knee pain, the type of symptoms you are experiencing, the severity of your symptoms, how long you have been experiencing pain, the effects of past treatments, your medical history, and other details. We will discuss these elements with you before we administer treatment, so we can be sure that your treatment plan is right for you. We are available to speak with you today!
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
Our team is available to answer any questions you may have about knee pain and our treatment options. We will advise you on the best treatment option for you and schedule an appointment if you are interested. Contact us today!
If you are suffering from knee pain, call (770) 766-4609 to schedule an appointment at Royal Blue Medical Center.