When chronic knee pain limits what you can do physically, it’s time to find help at Integrity Pain Consultants. At their five offices in Hendersonville, Cookeville, Hermitage, and Nashville, Tennessee, interventional pain specialists Kenneth Homolya, MD, offers comprehensive care for chronic knee pain. The pain management team uses innovative therapies involving stem cells, hyaluronic acid, and other injectables to ease persistent knee pain and restore your ability to stay active. Learn more about available treatments for knee pain by calling the Integrity Pain Consultants office nearest you or requesting an appointment online today.
Knee pain can be the result of sudden trauma to the knee joint due to a fall or because of an impact injury common with sports participation or strenuous exercises. These activities can also lead to overuse injuries that cause strains and sprains in the muscles, cartilage, or ligaments surrounding the joint that result in pain.
If you have a degenerative disease or disorder that affects the structures of your knee joint, it can result in chronic knee pain, limited range of motion, and loss of mobility in your knee.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
If you’re overweight or obese, the added stress on the knee can break down the joint structures and lead to pain.
Diagnosing knee pain involves a careful review of your medical history, including any previous injuries and existing health conditions. Your provider at Integrity Pain Consultants also physically examines your knee joint, looking for signs of swelling, bruising, and redness.
To get a closer look at your knee joint, the Integrity Pain Consultants team offers on-site diagnostic technologies like X-rays. Using this type of imaging, your provider can evaluate the type and extent of damage to create the right treatment plan.
If over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to reduce pain in your knee, Integrity Pain Consultants may recommend injection therapies that contain anti-inflammatories and pain-relieving medications and go directly into your knee joint. Treatments include:
Supartz FX injections are effective for treating osteoarthritis. Injections are made of a fluid that’s similar to the fluid already in your knee joint.
Injections of supplemental fluids work as a lubricant in the knee joint, so the bones glide smoothly with movement. The added fluid also acts as a shock absorber.
Gelsyn-3 injections focus on relieving osteoarthritis pain by supplying your knee joint with supplemental hyaluronic acid. This fluid cushions the joint and increases joint mobility, while relieving persistent knee pain.
Orthovisc injections are viscosupplement therapy that treats knee joint pain by increasing the amount of hyaluronic acid that surrounds the joint.
Genicular nerve blocks are also available for relieving chronic knee pain. A nerve block involves injections of anesthetic medications into the nerve fibers of the knee. The anesthetic blocks pain signals from traveling to the brain.
To address degenerative conditions in the knee, your Integrity Pain Consultants provider may recommend innovative stem cell or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Both treatments harness the power of your body’s natural healing ability to generate healthy new cells to replace damaged tissue in the knee.
If you can no longer be physically active due to chronic knee pain, contact Integrity Pain Consultants online or by calling the office nearest you to schedule an evaluation today.