About 25% of adults report suffering from frequent knee pain that limits their ability to walk and enjoy their favorite activities. Humam Akbik, MD, at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center has extensive experience helping patients find pain relief using comprehensive medical care and specialized interventional procedures like nerve blocks. To receive a thorough assessment and individualized pain treatment, call the office in Fairfield, Ohio, for an appointment or request a call using the online contact form.
Knee Pain Q & A
What commonly causes knee pain?
Your knees are frequently in motion, and they must bear your body weight with every step you take. They endure a degree of stress that makes them vulnerable to injury and degeneration. Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
- Meniscal tears
- Tendon tears
- Kneecap dislocation or fracture
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee)
Knee injuries such as an ACL tear often occur along with damage to other structures in the knee.
Will I develop symptoms in addition to knee pain?
Most of the problems that cause knee pain also lead to other symptoms such as:
- Joint tenderness
- Limited movement
- Knee instability
- Catching or locking of your knee
- Clicking sound when you bend your knee
Swelling, bruising, and being unable to bear weight on the affected knee are classic symptoms of a fracture.
When your knee pain is due to a complex fracture or certain injuries, like an ACL tear, surgery is the first line of treatment. The treatment for most knee injuries, however, starts with conservative options such as medication, activity modification, strengthening exercises, and physical therapy.
When you need more relief than what is provided by conservative therapies, Dr. Akbik may recommend advanced therapies such as:
Steroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can alleviate your pain when they’re injected directly into your knee.
Viscosupplementation helps relieve knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Dr. Akbik injects hyaluronic acid, a substance that’s naturally found in the knee, where it lubricates the joint and promotes smoother movement.
Dr. Akbik specializes in nerve blocks, a procedure that orthopedic physicians don’t generally offer. When a local anesthetic is injected at the nerve carrying pain signals from the knee to your brain, the medication blocks the nerve transmission. As a result, your brain doesn’t receive the signal and your pain is relieved.
Nerve blocks are also used to determine whether you’re a good candidate for longer-lasting interventional procedures such as radiofrequency ablation. In this procedure, Dr. Akbik uses radio waves to heat the nerve.
The wound created on the nerve eventually heals, but in the meantime, it blocks nerve signals and diminishes your pain for about 12-18 months.
If you need effective relief from knee pain, call Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center or use the online form to request a call.