If you experience knee pain on a regular basis, you’re far from alone. About 25% of adults deal with the issue at some point.
And once chronic knee pain sets in, it can make everything difficult, from walking or working out to sleeping restfully. From there, your pain can grow only worse, given that inactivity exacerbates stiffness, swelling, and aches.
Thankfully, appropriate treatment for knee pain can go far. And we’re here to help.
Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Stephen Fisher and the team at our offices in Cumming, Buford, and Braselton, Georgia, diagnose and treat painful knee conditions to help you achieve comfort and return to a more active lifestyle.
Take a few moments to learn more about knee pain, including the minimally invasive treatments we provide.
The basics of knee pain
Chronic knee pain often occurs when the cartilage cushioning the joint has worn down. You can also experience ongoing knee pain due to scar tissue after an injury.
Conditions that commonly fuel knee pain include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Articular cartilage defects
- Rheumatoid arthritis
The pain can range from mild to severe and debilitating. In many cases, knee pain worsens over time without treatment.
Minimally invasive treatments for knee pain
The specifics of your knee pain treatment depend on the severity, the underlying cause, and your overall health. After an exam and any needed imaging tests, Dr. Fisher may recommend:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) or steroid injections can reduce pain and inflammation.
2. Physical therapy
Physical therapy helps you regain strength and flexibility through specific exercises you perform in-office and at home.
Resting your knee or wearing a brace allows your knee joint to heal or keeps it secure during exercise.
We also offer minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to preserve joints and orthobiologics.
With orthobiologics, we use substances in your body, like platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, and growth factors, to promote healing.
A combination of noninvasive treatments may also do the trick to minimize your chronic knee pain.
For example, relying on a brace and physical therapy may lead to lasting relief. Or you may find that while you still need medication to manage your pain, you fare well from a lower dosage after orthobiologics treatment.
In general, we only recommend major surgery, such as knee replacement, when conservative measures fail to bring you sufficient relief. If you’re a candidate for surgery, you may benefit from less invasive treatments as you recover from the procedure.
To learn more about chronic knee pain or to get the treatment you need, call the office nearest you or book an appointment through our website today.
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