CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center
Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Pain Management located in Lanham, Hyattsville, Gaithersburg, Dundalk, Baltimore, Rosedale, Olney and Oxon Hill, MD
Knee pain, whether mild or severe, can prevent you from exercising, sleeping, and even walking normally. To understand your knee pain and get effective treatment to relieve it, visit CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center, with offices in Olney, Rosedale, Hyattsville, Lanham, Gaithersburg, Dundalk, and Baltimore, Maryland. Close to Washington, D.C., and easily accessible throughout Maryland, the team provides expert care and guidance to support healing of all types of knee injuries. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to get to the root of your knee pain.
Knee Pain Q & A
Is my knee pain chronic?
Chronic knee pain is generally diagnosed when your pain lasts more than two to four weeks without improving. In many cases, chronic knee pain may get worse over time or you may experience flare-ups of pain when doing certain activities or if the weather changes.
Acute knee pain is generally linked to a specific injury, such as twisting or bending your knee wrong, and goes away within a couple of weeks. The team can determine whether your pain is acute or chronic based on the length of time you’ve experienced pain and the type of pain sensation you feel.
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can come from any anatomical structures within and surrounding the knee, including the knee joint, patella, meniscus, and ligaments inside and surrounding the knee, bursa within the knee, and muscles that support the knee. Common causes of knee pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Meniscus tears
- Chondromalacia patella
- Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis
Depending on the exact location and severity of your knee pain, the team can narrow down the potential causes of your pain and develop a personalized exam to reach an accurate diagnosis.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
Knee pain diagnosis begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center. The team asks about your pain and any potential triggers or trauma you’ve experienced. Then they begin the exam by pressing on different areas of your knee, measuring the range of motion of your knee joint, and assessing the strength of the muscles in your knee.
If you have a history of trauma or the team suspects arthritis, they refer you for X-rays or an MRI. Based on their findings, they diagnose the cause of your knee pain.
How is knee pain treated?
Treatment for knee pain depends on your diagnosis and the severity of pain and potential damage to your knee from trauma or arthritis. The team takes a multidisciplinary approach to manage knee pain and may combine a variety of therapies to help you recover as quickly as possible.
Different types of knee pain treatments include:
- Exercises and stretches
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Lifestyle changes, including losing weight or increasing your activity level
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Interventional pain management, including joint and steroid injections
In most cases, these conservative measures can help you avoid surgery and recover sufficiently to return to your usual activities pain-free.
Schedule a knee exam at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center online or by phone today.
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