LiveWell Pain Management
Nora Taha, MD
Physical Medicine & Pain Management located in Elmwood Park, NJ & Englewood, NJ
If physical activity is no longer possible because of chronic knee pain, you can find solutions at LiveWell Pain Management. Pain management specialist Nora Taha, MD, provides comprehensive, nonsurgical treatment options for knee pain, so you can stay active. Dr. Taha customizes a treatment plan that may include viscosupplementation, physical therapy, and Acupuncture to give you long-lasting knee pain relief. Call the Elmwood Park, New Jersey, office to schedule an appointment or request one online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can be the result of the natural aging process. As you get older, the structures in your knee joint can wear out and lead to persistent inflammation and pain.
A common type of age-related knee condition is osteoarthritis, which describes the breakdown of the protective cartilage that lines the ends of the bones in your knee joint.
Knee injuries can also lead to chronic knee pain. Common knee injuries include:
- Meniscus tears
- Ruptured tendons
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
These injuries can come from exercise, auto accidents, or falls. You may also be at greater risk for these types of knee injuries if you participate in high-impact sports.
When should I seek treatment for knee pain?
Many people who experience occasional knee pain from overexertion can find relief with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and rest.
However, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at LiveWell Pain Management if you have knee pain that continues to worsen over time or if your knee pain limits what you can do physically.
Early diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause of knee pain can prevent more serious complications like chronic pain and disability.
What treatments are available for knee pain?
To help you find long-lasting relief from persistent knee pain, Dr. Taha offers several nonsurgical treatments. She will do a thorough examination and use in-office diagnostic technologies to identify the underlying cause of your pain and create a treatment plan based on your diagnosis.
Your treatment for knee pain may include:
Acupuncture is an effective alternative to medications for managing knee pain. This treatment involves the insertion of thin needles into areas of your body to stimulate its ability to heal itself.
You may benefit from Acupuncture if your knee pain stems from injuries or degenerative conditions like arthritis. Dr. Taha is certified in administering medical Acupuncture.
Viscosupplementation involves injecting hyaluronic acid, a thick fluid, into your knee joint. This minimally invasive treatment provides extra cushioning and lubrication in your knee joint to ease the pain of osteoarthritis.
Ultrasound-guided joint injections
Injections of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications directly into your knee joint can relieve inflammation and pain, so you can move your knee more easily.
Joint injections may be an option for treatment if oral medications aren’t working well for you. This treatment can also make it easier for you to participate in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your knee joint.
Regenerative medicine can also be indicated, especially if your knee pain used to respond to treatment but now does not. Regenerative medicine uses your own body's natural healing ability to help reduce pain from arthritic joints. Dr. Taha is able to perform these procedures in-office with very little downtime after.
COOLIEF technology uses radiofrequency energy to deactivate the nerves that send pain signals to your brain. This treatment can provide knee pain relief from arthritis and persistent pain after knee replacement. Relief can last for up to 12 months without surgery or a hospital stay.
If you’re limited by chronic knee pain, call LiveWell Pain Management to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment online today.