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Knee Pain

Knee Pain

Knee Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Knee pain often occurs due to general wear-and-tear. But it can also point to an underlying health problem like arthritis. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, offer high-quality care for knee pain, including corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, and surgeon referrals. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule a knee pain consultation, or book your appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

Knee pain is an aching, soreness, or discomfort in or around one (or both) of your knee joints –– the area of your body where your upper and lower leg bones meet.

Most people experience knee pain at one time or another. Usually, it improves with rest, ice, and activity changes. But if your symptoms continue or get worse, the cause must be identified.

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute regularly works with athletes and older adults to provide lasting relief from knee pain.

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Runner’s knee (a common overuse injury)
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Osteoarthritis

Sometimes, knee pain occurs due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease. If Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute determines you have RA, they refer you to a nearby rheumatologist (an autoimmune disease specialist) for more specialized care.

When should I see a pain specialist about knee pain?

Make an appointment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute if knee pain affects your ability to stand, exercise, or work. That’s particularly true if the pain occurs alongside other symptoms, like redness, swelling, and difficulty extending the affected joint.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain is, what it feels like, and if activities like standing or walking make it worse.

Your provider checks your knee joint for bruising or swelling and gently presses on your kneecap and the surrounding skin to identify sensitive places. They might also ask you to walk around the room to assess your gait (how you walk) and posture.

If your provider suspects an underlying injury or illness, they order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These procedures capture clear photos of your bones, joints, and surrounding tissues.

How is knee pain treated?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute takes a conservative and minimally invasive approach to treating knee pain. Your provider could recommend:

  • Applying heat or ice
  • Activity changes to reduce pain
  • At-home stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine (for example, platelet-rich plasma PRP)
  • Medication management (if you take more than one prescription drug)
  • Mobility devices like crutches or a cane
  • Wearing a brace to support the knee
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Topical pain management (for example, creams and ointments)

Depending on the cause of your knee pain, it could take several different treatments to find relief. If your provider determines you could benefit from surgery, they’ll refer you to an orthopedic specialist.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule a knee pain appointment, or book your visit online.