How do you assess knee pain?
At OmniSpine pain management, we have Dr. Andrew Morchower on staff, a renowned pain management doctor and orthopedic specialist with specific training and understanding in knee pain and related conditions, such as knee arthritis and knee joint osteoarthritis. Dr. Morchower will first start by meeting and consulting with you, learning about your personal health history and your experience with knee pain, including the location and severity. He may also conduct a physical exam of the area, feeling for the painful parts in question, and assessing how much movement and range of motion you have. If needed, other, more specific tests may be involved, and this can be discussed with you during your appointment. The main goal is for Dr. Morchower to understand your specific situation and what may be causing your knee pain, in order to understand how best to address it.
Dr. Morchower can help knee pain that is related to a variety of causes and conditions, including: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, bursitis, meniscus tears (some of the most common knee injuries or causes of knee pain), tendonitis and more.
When should I go to see a specialist about knee pain?
If your knee pain is severe enough that it is significantly impacting your ability to participate in daily life activities, then it is important that you seek out the care and advice of a specialist. However, regardless of the severity of your knee pain, it’s a good idea to seek out a specialist at any time, in order to determine the cause, prevent further wear or injury, and also ensure that nothing more serious is going on. In general, it’s better to address the issue sooner rather than later, before it becomes severe enough to disrupt your life.
What are some basic things that I should do to help my knees?
The knee is the biggest joint in your body, which means it can be very vulnerable to pain and injury. Taking care of your knees is a crucial part of your overall health and wellbeing. While taking care of your knees may have factors specific to your life situation, in general, it’s important to maintain an active lifestyle in which you are getting regular exercise, including carving out time for stretching and flexibility.
It’s also important to make sure that you are wearing proper supportive footwear, especially if you are doing high impact or high intensity exercise that involves jumping or impact on the joints. It’s important to do these types of exercises with proper form, which will help prevent injury and wear on your knees and other joints. As you get older, you may have to diminish the amount of high intensity exercise you do, especially if you are experiencing knee, back, or other types of pain. Apart from the footwear you wear during exercise, the types of shoes you wear in everyday life are also an important part of your knee health. You need good, consistent support throughout the day, especially if you have a job where you are on your feet a lot.
What treatments are available for my knee pain?
At OmniSpine Pain Management, we offer a variety of treatments that can help your knee pain, including things like knee braces, steroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, regenerative therapy injections, Coolief (a cooled radiofrequency treatment) and so on. The type of treatment you need will depend on the cause and severity of your knee pain, as well as various other factors. This is why it’s important that you consult with Dr. Morchower about your knee pain, as he will be able to determine the best course of action and treatment for you.