Knee Pain Specialist

Space City Pain Specialists

Pain Management Physicians located in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, TX

Your knees are the largest joints in your body and, arguably, some of the hardest working. When knee pain strikes, it can have a devastating effect on your ability to make your way through your day. The doctors at Space City Pain Specialists understand how important it is to get back to pain-free movement and offer the latest treatments to restore mobility to their patients in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas. For more information, call or use the online scheduling tool.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is the anatomy of the knee?

Your knee, the largest joint in your body, is where three bones come together to allow you an incredibly wide range of movement, mobility, and support. The three bones are your:

  • Femur, or thigh bone
  • Patella, or kneecap
  • Tibia, or shinbone

 

Surrounding these bones are a host of soft tissue players that are responsible for the support and mobility in the joint, including your:

  • Ligaments
  • Cartilage
  • Bursa sacs
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Menisci

 

The bottom line is that given the complexity of your knee, there are plenty of areas where something can go wrong, causing you knee pain.

 

What are the most common causes of knee pain?

If you consider for a moment the enormous burden your knees are under on a daily basis, it’s little wonder that knee pain is as common as it is. The most common causes of knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ligament tears, especially ACL injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Torn meniscus
  • Dislocated kneecap

 

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it simply highlights the more common problems that can lead to knee pain.

 

How is knee pain treated?

Because of the complexity of your knee joint and the sheer number of problems that cause knee pain, there’s no blanket answer to this question. But there are solutions. When you see your doctor at Space City Pain Specialists, they perform an extensive evaluation to pinpoint the cause of your knee pain. Armed with a diagnosis, they come up with an appropriate treatment plan for your unique situation. That plan may include:

Ablation

Using X-ray guidance, your doctor heats up and destroys the nerves that are sending the pain signals to your brain. This technique is very effective in providing immediate relief for knee pain.

Ablation with COOLIEF*

Space City Pain Specialists is equipped with FDA-cleared COOLIEF* technology, which allows your doctor to target the nerves that are causing your pain. The ablative treatment can provide relief for up to a year.

Regenerative medicine

Since most knee pain stems from problems in your soft tissue, your doctor may turn to regenerative therapies that promote tissue rebuilding and repair on a cellular level. These therapies include stem cells, platelet-rich plasma, and amniotic fluid, all of which are chock-full of growth factors that promote faster healing from the inside out.

Viscosupplementation

The lion’s share of chronic knee pain comes from the breakdown in cartilage in the joint, which allows your bones to rub together painfully. Using a gel-like substance called hyaluronic acid, your doctor reintroduces lubrication into your joint.

To put an end to your knee pain, call Space City Pain Specialists or use the online scheduler.