Pain Physicians of Indiana
Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Merrillville, IN
If your knee pain is bothering you and inhibiting your daily tasks and ability to function, you can benefit from quality medical care. Fortunately, you don’t have to wince or change your walk to compensate for pain as the highly adept interventional pain medicine physician Tarek H. Shahbandar, MD, provides an array of solutions at the Pain Physicians of Indiana, P.C., in Merrillville, Indiana. Call the friendly office staff or click to schedule online.
Knee Pain Q & A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain can occur for various reasons for people of all ages. The pain can vary from mild to severe. Knee pain often comes along with other symptoms, such as:
- Warmth or redness
- Weakness or instability
- Inability to straighten your leg
- Crunching or popping sounds
Knee pain might start suddenly or begin as a mild discomfort that worsens over time.
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can occur as a result of normal wear and tear associated with aging. Knee pain can appear suddenly following an injury. Some of the possible causes of knee pain include:
- Being overweight
- Overuse injuries from sports or physical activity
- Dislocated knee cap
- Torn cartilage or ligaments
- Strains and sprains
To figure out what’s causing your knee pain and establish the best treatment for you, Dr. Tarek Shahbandar reviews your medical history and completes a thorough examination. He might order imaging tests, such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine your injury more closely.
What is the treatment for knee pain?
Dr. Shahbandar reviews your knee pain treatment options with you to determine which is the most appropriate and typically suggests the least invasive treatment first.
Your knee pain might respond to stretches and exercises, alternating heat and ice packs, massages, and supportive devices. Dr. Shahbandar might suggest lifestyle modifications, such as nutrition and exercise and limited use of medications like anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.
Spinal cord stimulation therapy is a procedure in which Dr. Shahbandar places a small implantable device under your skin. When it’s switched on, the device delivers gentle electrical pulses through thin wires to the nerve fibers of your spinal cord. The electrical pulses mask and modify the pain signals from getting to your brain.
Epidural steroid injections
With epidural steroid injections, local anesthesia and corticosteroids are usually injected into the epidural space around your spinal cord to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain. Dr. Shahbandar also provides selective nerve blocks to target an irritated and inflamed nerve root.
Radiofrequency neurotomy is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to disrupt the function of your nerves and stop your nerves from transmitting pain signals.
Reduce your knee pain with advanced and innovative treatments and call the Pain Physicians of Indiana, P.C., office or schedule an appointment here on the Web today.