Knee Pain

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH -  - Pain Management

Pain Treatment Institute

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH

Pain Management located in Plano, TX & Sherman, TX

Knee pain commonly affects people of all ages and can be a sign of a serious injury. If knee pain prevents you from being active and participating in your favorite everyday activities, board-certified pain management physician Sameer Syed, MD, MPH, can relieve your pain at Pain Treatment Institute in Plano and Sherman, Texas. Call to learn more about knee pain treatment options or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

Knee pain refers to discomfort within or near your knee joint and is one of the most common areas of pain in the body. The pain might come on suddenly after an injury or get worse over time from age-related wear and tear.

Symptoms of knee pain include:

  • Knee instability or weakness
  • Swelling with pain
  • Knee stiffness
  • Redness or warmth to the touch
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Inability to fully straighten your leg

It’s imperative to see Dr. Syed right away if you experience:

  • Inability to extend your knee
  • Inability to flex your knee without pain
  • An obvious deformity in your knee or leg
  • Not being able to put weight on your knee
  • Your knee “gives out”
  • A fever along with the pain and swelling

These symptoms are a sign of an injury that can be serious or get worse if left untreated.

What causes knee pain?

Numerous injuries and medical conditions can lead to knee pain. Examples include:

  • Torn cartilage
  • Ruptured ligaments
  • Gout
  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Dislocated knee cap
  • Fracture
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome

Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when the tough band of tissue that runs from the outside of your hip to the outside of your knee rubs against the outer portion of your femur.

Factors that increase your risk of a knee injury and pain include playing sports, advanced age, having a previous injury, lack of muscle strength and flexibility, and being overweight.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Dr. Syed diagnoses knee pain after reviewing your medical history and symptoms and completing a comprehensive physical evaluation. He may order blood or imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, or CT scans. The location and severity of pain help determine the appropriate treatment.

What is the treatment for knee pain?

Dr. Syed might recommend one or more of the following treatments to enhance healing in your knee and relieve pain.

Injection therapy

Injections can reduce inflammation, increase joint lubrication, enhance healing, and ease pain in your knee. Dr. Syed might recommend corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid injections based on what’s causing knee pain and the severity of your condition.

RICE therapy

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE therapy) might be all that’s needed to heal knee pain from an injury.

Knee brace

While your knee heals, Dr. Syed might recommend you wear a brace to keep the joint stable and prevent your injury from getting worse.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy involves stretching and strengthening exercises that boost knee joint strength and flexibility. Dr. Syed lets you know if physical therapy is a good option for you.

Medication

To ease pain while your knee heals, Dr. Syed might recommend medications to enhance comfort.

Surgery

While Dr. Syed recommends the least invasive option for knee pain first, arthroscopic knee surgery or a partial or total knee replacement might be the best way to fully restore joint structure and function in severe cases.

Don’t let knee pain prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest. Call Pain Treatment Institute or use the online scheduler today.