Solutions for Your Knee Pain

Solutions for Your Knee Pain

An estimated 25% of American adults experience chronic knee pain that limits what they can do. If you have knee pain but aren’t yet ready for surgery, consider the nonsurgical solutions available at New Tampa Interventional Pain & Sports Medicine offers.

As an experienced pain management specialist, Jose De La Torre, MD, offers customized treatment plans to ease persistent knee pain and improve your mobility. These treatments can also prolong or prevent the need for surgery on your knee joint.

Common causes of knee pain

There are many reasons why your knee may hurt. Often, acute knee pain develops after a fall or because of overuse of your joint during exercise or sports. This type of pain usually lasts only for a few weeks and is manageable with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, pain relievers, and rest.

When your pain becomes chronic, lasting longer than six months, it may be related to damage in your joint caused by aging or progressive degenerative diseases.

Some of the common causes of knee pain we can diagnose and treat include:

Sports injuries are also a common cause of severe knee pain. Many types of high-impact and fast-moving sports can increase your risk for dislocations, meniscus tears, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.

Nonsurgical knee pain solutions

Surgery is usually a last-resort treatment option for chronic knee pain that causes disability and persistent pain. Before considering you as a candidate for surgery, Dr. De La Torre may recommend nonsurgical treatments to keep you pain-free and improve the mobility you have in your knee joint.

If you’re an athlete limited by knee pain, nonsurgical treatments can help you heal more efficiently, so you can safely get back to the game faster.

The nonsurgical treatments available at New Tampa Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine include:

Corticosteroid injections

Corticosteroid injections deliver anti-inflammatory medications directly into your knee joint. This treatment provides long-lasting relief of inflammation and pain when oral medications aren’t working well.

To ensure the placement of the needle is accurate during a corticosteroid injection and other injectable therapies, we use fluoroscopy, a real-time X-ray technology that provides Dr. De La Torre a close-up view of your knee joint.

Stem cell injections

Stem cell injections are a type of regenerative medicine therapy that helps the structures of your knee joint heal from the inside out.

Stem cells are found naturally in your bone marrow and fatty tissue. They have a unique ability to regenerate into any type of cell, including bone, nerve, and soft tissue cells to replace those damaged by injury or disease.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP is a substance found in your blood that contains growth factors. These growth factors stimulate your body to produce new, healthy cells to treat soft tissue tears, so you can heal more efficiently.

Radiofrequency nerve ablation

Radiofrequency nerve ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses heat energy to destroy nerves around your knee joint.

This procedure can treat persistent knee pain that stems from nerve compression. Ablation interrupts the pain signals that travel from your nerves to your brain, so you can find long-lasting relief of pain.

Physical therapy

We also value the benefits of physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your knee joint.

Dr. De La Torre can refer you for physical therapy as part of your treatment plan and can recommend exercises you can do on your own to restore the mobility in your knee joint.

There’s no good reason to live with chronic knee pain. Call New Tampa Interventional Pain and Sports Medicine to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for knee pain or book a consultation online today.  

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