Interventional Pain Institute
Interventional Pain Management & Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist located in Festus, Chesterfield & Bridgeton, MO
Your knees endure a lot of stress while engaged in everyday activities like walking, standing, and bending. This extra stress makes your knees vulnerable to injury and damage that causes pain. For many, knee pain is a chronic problem that prevents them from living their life to the fullest. At Interventional Pain Institute, Ramis Gheith, MD, MS, and the team specialize in treating knee pain. They offer innovative therapies that provide long-term pain relief. To schedule an evaluation, call the office in Chesterfield, Festus, or Bridgeton, Missouri, or book an appointment online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain is a common pain condition and includes any discomfort, swelling, or inflammation that affects one or both of your knees. The pain condition occurs from injury or disease that affects one or more of the components that make up your knee.
For some, knee pain is a temporary inconvenience that resolves within a few days of at-home care. However, for others, knee pain is a chronic and debilitating condition.
What causes knee pain?
You may develop knee pain from any number of causes, such as a bad fall or poorly landed jump. However, in most cases, knee pain is an unfortunate part of the aging process that develops from the degeneration of the cartilage that cushions the joint.
Common causes of knee pain include:
- Sprain or strain
You may also develop knee pain if you have foot or hip pain. Pain in these other joints changes your stride, which may place additional stress on your knees.
What happens during a knee pain evaluation?
When you visit Interventional Pain Institute for a knee pain evaluation, Dr. Gheith and the pain management experts conduct in-depth clinical exams to find the root cause of your pain.
During your evaluation, they ask detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type and severity of your pain, when it started, and the activities that worsen or alleviate your pain.
They perform a physical and closely examine your knee. The team may also request imaging tests, such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI, to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.
How is knee pain treated?
Dr. Gheith takes a holistic approach to care and develops personalized treatment plans for knee pain based on the underlying cause and severity of symptoms. Some of the treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Regenerative therapies
- Joint injections
- Genicular nerve block
For patients with chronic knee pain that fails to improve with less invasive treatments and responds positively to a nerve block, Dr. Gheith recommends radiofrequency ablation.
During this minimally invasive in-office procedure, Dr. Gheith uses an electric current that heats the nerve tissue and stops it from transmitting pain signals to your brain. Though results vary, many patients experience pain relief for 6-12 months after their radiofrequency ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation for knee pain is a self-pay service at Interventional Pain Institute.
For relief from your knee pain, call Interventional Pain Institute, or book an appointment online today.
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