You may not give your knees much thought until they start to hurt, and everyday activities become difficult. Dr. C. Weston Whitten offers pain relief for patients at the Nebraska Pain Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska, dealing with acute and chronic knee pain. If you’re in search of a Pain Management Specialist to help manage knee pain, call the office or book an appointment online.
A number of conditions or circumstances can cause knee pain, including:
Knee pain is a common complaint that can affect anyone at any time, but is especially common in people with arthritis or those who have suffered an injury to the knee during sports or accidental trauma.
You can experience knee pain in any part of your knee, including the kneecap, muscles, cartilage, or ligaments. In addition to the pain, you may also experience:
In some instances, you may be able to care for your knee at home with ice, pain relievers, and rest. But you should come in to see Dr. Whitten if your knee appears deformed or swollen, or if you:
Dr. Whitten offers diverse pain management options to alleviate your discomfort, improve your quality of life, and help you be comfortable enough to start and complete movement therapies.
Movement therapies include light exercise and physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint to improve its stability. Therapy also teaches you how to move properly to improve balance, reduce pain, and lower your risk of an injury.
Other treatments Dr. Whitten might recommend to alleviate your pain include:
At home, you can help reduce pain by taking the recommended pain reliever. Compression, ice, and elevation also help reduce swelling to alleviate pain and discomfort.
If your knee pain is a chronic condition, losing weight may help relieve some of the stress on the joint. It’s also important to regularly exercise your knee as recommended by your therapist to keep the surrounding muscles strong and flexible.
If painful knees are slowing you down, call the office or book an appointment online.