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Knee Pain

Rincon Pain and Spine -  - Pain Management Practice

Rincon Pain and Spine

Pain Management Practice located in Tucson, AZ

Knee pain is common, but that doesn’t make it any easier to endure. Knee pain keeps you from the activities you love and can prevent you from doing normal daily chores. With more than 68 years of combined experience treating knee pain, the team of doctors at Rincon Pain and Spine in Tucson, Arizona, is highly qualified to help diagnose and manage your knee pain. Call the office nearest you or request your consultation online.

Knee Pain Q & A

When is knee pain serious enough to need medical intervention?

Creaky knees or stiffness in the morning that warms up after some time is probably a normal sign of aging. Knee pain and dysfunction that interferes with your daily life should be examined, however. Concerning knee pain symptoms include:

  • Popping or crunching noises in the joint
  • Redness or feelings of heat from the joint
  • Knee weakness or instability
  • Swelling or stiffness, especially the inability to straighten the knee

Knee pain can show up in one or several locations around the joint, including the front, back, and side of your knee.

What are the causes of knee pain?

Knee pain can be caused by several factors, including:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Disease
  • Degeneration (osteoarthritis)

The team at Rincon Pain and Spine uses diagnostic tools, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-rays, and laboratory studies to help determine the cause of your pain. They also perform a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation to see if muscle imbalances are to blame.

What are some common knee injuries?

The knee joint is a complex assortment of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues. This makes your knee quite functional but also susceptible to injury. Common knee injuries and conditions include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear
  • Knee bursitis
  • Kneecap fracture
  • Patellar tendonitis

A dislocated kneecap, inflammation of your iliotibial (IT) band, or an altered gait can also cause knee pain. These injuries may occur due to sports play or a fall. Sometimes, simply stepping off a curb wrong or losing your footing can cause a knee injury.

How is knee pain treated?

Knee pain can often be managed without surgery. At Rincon Pain and Spine, you benefit from physical therapy interventions that help improve knee function. The doctors may also suggest you lose excess weight to alleviate pressure on the joints. Arch supports, and knee braces can also be enough to alleviate mild pain.

You may also qualify for pain-reducing injections that are administered directly to your knee joint. These injections may include corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and hyaluronic acid to lubricate the joint.

Learn more about your options for knee pain management by calling Rincon Pain and Spine or requesting an appointment online.