Knee pain is one of the most common complaints from people as they get older. However, knee pain can occur at any age and can be caused by a wide range of conditions and injured. Chronic knee pain is a difficult condition to live with, but it can be managed with the right care. If you aren’t sure what has caused your knee pain, an examination can determine the cause.
Prevention of Knee Pain
One of the best ways to avoid chronic knee pain is to prevent it before it begins. One way to prevent it is to stay a healthy weight. Excess weight can put unnecessary pressure on the knees and cause chronic pain and stiffness. Another common cause is exercise injury. By learning to exercise properly without straining your knees excessively, you can avoid this type of injury.
Torn ligaments and broken bones can also cause this pain. Extreme sports and workouts can cause these injuries. With the right stretches before you are active, you can avoid some of these types of injuries.
Living With Chronic Knee Pain
While many types of knee pains, such as those from broken bones, are temporary, other types of knee pain last far longer. Conditions such as arthritis can cause pain that continues to worsen over time. This kind of pain can drastically alter your lifestyle and get in the way of living an active life. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment for your pain.
Relieving Your Pain
To manage this chronic pain, it’s important to consult with your doctor to determine the cause and develop a course of treatment. Your knee pain may be relieved or lessened by surgery. There are also many medications that can lessen your pain. Many people with arthritis take daily medication to mitigate their pain and get more motion from their knees.
Another way to manage chronic knee pain is to get physical therapy on the region. With regular therapy, you can strengthen the muscles around the area to give you a better range of motion and more stability. Physical therapy may require only a few sessions or may continue for months, depending on the degree of damage to the knee.
Sometimes, injections to the knee can help with pain and stiffness. Lubricant or corticosteroid injections can often help to relieve pain and allow for a more active lifestyle. Corticosteroids can help with inflammation that often causes knee pain and stiffness.
At Alliance Spine and Pain Centers, we are proud to take a comprehensive and highly progressive approach to healing and pain management that allows us to treat each patient’s pain effectively. To learn more about methods to reduce pain or tips for living with knee pain, give us a call at 770.929.9033 or schedule a pain management consultation.