Chronic Knee Pain Specialists / Doctors NYC
At Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates you will receive the chronic knee pain diagnosis, pain management, and care from our doctors that you need to reduce or eliminate your acute or chronic knee pain. Because when you’re in pain — whether it’s from an accident, age, sporting injury, or ailment — you want relief. Appropriate and targeted treatment starts with a diagnosis from one of our knee pain specialists.
Chronic Knee Pain
Chronic pain isn’t necessarily pain you feel all the time. You may feel it more acutely when you’re active. If you’re experiencing chronic knee pain, it can be painful to do even simple things such as walking down a flight of stairs. Sometimes even sitting for too long can aggravate the condition.
There are a number of different names for chronic knee pain, ranging from chondromalacia patellae to patellofemoral pain syndrome. But no matter the name, the pain often radiates stronger around your kneecap, also called the patella. Given the internal structures of bones, ligaments, muscles and fluids surrounding your kneecap, however, the pain may originate in any number of systems.
Causes of Chronic Knee Pain
Chronic knee pain hits athletes harder than other people — not just because it prevents them from participating in any sports, but because athletes tend to put more stress on their knees than other people do. Jogging is hard on your knees; running, cutting and stopping short repeatedly simply wear out your knees. The repetitive irritation builds up over time until one day when you “suddenly” feel pain.
Another cause of chronic knee pain may be an injury to your kneecap. Since your kneecap is a bone, you can fracture it or dislocate it. Both injuries can lead to chronic knee pain, especially if you’re not treated right away. But your pain may not be the result of such a blunt-force trauma. It may occur because the muscles or ligaments aren’t keeping your kneecap properly aligned. Lateral movement in your kneecap means that it’s not being held in place securely, and that can cause chronic pain.
Are You at Risk?
If you already have chronic knee pain, contact Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates. They can relieve your pain so you can get back to your normal life, a life without pain. If you’re worried about developing chronic knee pain, these are the factors that increase your risk:
- Adolescents and young adults are most commonly afflicted. Knee pain in elderly people is most likely caused by arthritis.
- Women are actually more prone to chronic knee pain than men.
- Running and jumping sports cause repetitive stress on your knees and legs. Give your knees proper support when you play these sports.
Treating Chronic Knee Pain
If you’re experiencing knee pain, apply ice to your knee and rest. If your pain doesn’t subside in several days, consult your doctor or contact a pain specialist such as Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates. An X-ray, CT scan or MRI can reveal if there is damage, and the doctor can formulate an effective treatment plan. Some options to relieve your pain include:
- Oral pain medication, such as aspirin or ibuprofen
- A knee brace
- Physical therapy
- A lifestyle change, especially involving your choice of sports
- Pain blocks (trigger point injections)
- Surgery, usually as the last resort
If your pain persists, schedule an appointment with your doctor or an experienced pain physician like those at Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates. Don’t suffer another day in pain.
Get the Knee Pain Relief You Need
Your NYC pain management doctor’s goal is to get you back to your normal routine with minimal downtime. After your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor begins your treatment plan with the most conservative pain relief treatment. You’ll always receive non-invasive pain relief before your doctor turns to more invasive procedures like surgery.
Manhattan Pain and Sports Associates
51 East 25th St, 4th Floor, Ste B
New York, NY 10010