Millions of Americans live with knee pain, which is the second most common cause of chronic pain. It is common particularly for those who have active lifestyles, as the knee naturally sustains wear and tear from use. Thankfully, I. Michael Minehart, M.D. is here to help. At his practice in the Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia and Encino, California, Dr. Minehart offers comprehensive knee pain treatments that addresses the injury or underlying conditions causing pain. Contact the Advanced Pain Institute to schedule an appointment to address your knee pain.
Dr. Minehart has seen some of the more complex hip pains that do not originate in the hip itself. These are known as referred pains that require a complete understanding of what exactly could be causing them. When surgery is out of the question, physical therapy has not helped, and you’re tired of taking pills, the etiology of your condition has been completely missed. This type of condition is what challenges Dr. Minehart to figure out what is going on here. He enjoys diagnosing the etiology of your hip pain. He knows your pain is real and is not just in your head. For those hip pains of unknown cause, Dr. Minehart will find the most effective treatment options.
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Knee Pain Q & A
The knee is one of the most relied upon joints in the body, especially for those with active lifestyles, and as such it will experience wear and tear. This can eventually lead to pain, tightness and general discomfort. Other forms of knee pain result from underlying conditions. In these cases, you will need to seek medical treatment to address the issue and regain normal mobility.
Underlying causes that lead to knee pain include:
- Ligament or cartilage tears
- Pinched blood vessels
- Sports or recreational activity injuries
Some knee pain can take years to heal without proper treatment.
Numerous conditions can affect the structures of your knee and cause knee pain, including:
- Arthritis and inflammatory arthritic conditions
- Meniscus tears
- Ligament tears
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Patellar or IT band tendinitis
- Muscle tears or strains
- Chondromalacia patella
Based on the location and type of the pain you’re experiencing, such as sharpness, stiffness, aching, or something else, your physician can perform an exam to diagnose the possible causes of your discomfort and create a personalized treatment plan to give you relief.
Those suffering from chronic knee pain often report limited mobility that poses challenges in both professional and personal lives. Work becomes more difficult, even leisure activities can be affected, normal activities at home become harder to do. When knee pain persists, when it doesn’t subside on its own, it is important to identify the source of your discomfort through a medical exam.
The procedures for treating chronic knee pain can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the specific parts or tissues affected. Viable forms of treatment range from stretches and rehab to pain medication and surgery. For knee pain assessment and treatment, visit the Advanced Pain Institute in Arcadia, California. I. Michael Minehart, M.D. provides the comprehensive treatment you need to relieve your pain.