Chronic Knee Pain Relief: Tips And Treatments
Knee pain that just won’t quit can make you quit lots of things - playing with the kids, climbing stairs, even getting exercise. In fact, chronic knee pain can make you give up lots of things you love.
While knee pain is a very common problem, the right exercise routine can help keep it at bay. If you have “creaky” or painful knees, here are some tips:
1. Warm up before you begin your exercise session. Walking or riding a stationary bike for a few minutes is all it takes. Then do some gentle stretches, concentrating on the muscles in the front and back of the thigh.
2. Include leg-strengthening exercises in your routine. Your goal is to strengthen the thigh and calf muscles that support the knee and provide stability. Remember these muscles aren’t just the quads, but include muscles on the front, back and sides of your legs.
3. Include range-of-motion exercises to maintain normal joint movement. This will also help relieve stiffness.
4. Wear the right shoes. Shoes should fit your feet well and be in good condition. If your physician has recommended inserts (orthotics) be sure to wear them.
5. Maintain a healthy weight. Being obese not only increases the weight your knees have to support, but obesity increases the risk of osteoarthritis of the knees. Participation in aerobic or endurance exercises (like riding a stationary bike at a pace to elevate your heart into the cardiovascular range suitable for your age and condition) is also helpful to maintain a healthy weight.
How GMC Can Help: New Treatments for Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by a number of things including osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease. While total joint replacement is one solution, sometimes it’s not suitable. Reasons may include other health conditions that preclude knee replacement, or simply an unwillingness to go the surgical route.
Now the Pain Management Center at Gwinnett Medical Center is offering a two new treatments for chronic knee pain: the genicular nerve block and genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation. Essentially these minimally invasive treatments aim to block the sensory nerves of the knee from transmitting pain signals to the brain.
While results vary, pain relief with the genicular nerve block typically lasts for weeks. When successful, this indicates you may be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation, which can potentially relieve pain for a year or longer.
Two of our physicians at the Pain Management Center are trained in these new procedures. If you’d like to know more, please call the Pain Management Center at 678-312-5200.