Knee pain is something many people live with until it’s time for a joint replacement, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Liphard D’Souza is a board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist who sees patients at Neuropathy Treatment Clinic of Oklahoma in Tulsa. He’s passionate about providing pain relief that doesn’t require surgery or routine narcotic-type pain medication. Schedule a visit with Dr. D’Souza today to learn what treatments are available for your knee pain. Call the office or book your appointment online.
Your knee is the largest joint in your body and is engaged when you’re walking, standing, running, and even sitting still. This constant use makes it very susceptible to injury and pain. Its complex structure of muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones also makes your knees prone to pain caused by the natural wear-and-tear that occurs during the aging process.
Your knees are also surrounded by a complex web of nerves that are busy carrying messages back and forth from the brain. Damage to these nerves during an injury or dysfunction due to disease can create significant pain in and around your knee joint.
Symptoms associated with a knee injury or disorder can vary greatly and may not be constant for every patient. Some people describe their pain as a dull ache or throbbing felt throughout the knee. Other people experience sharp, stabbing discomfort in a specific location.
Knee pain symptoms can include:
Dr. D’Souza specializes in nonsurgical treatments that decrease your knee pain and help increase your mobility. Depending on the cause of your pain, he may recommend guided physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility.
It may also be time for changes in exercise habits, i.e. moving from running and other high-impact activities to swimming, cycling, and other knee-friendly activities. Weight loss can also help reduce pain by relieving stress and strain on knee joints.
For nerve pain that’s affecting your knees, Dr. D’Souza often recommends combined electrochemical therapy (CET). This innovative treatment uses anesthetic nerve blocks and gentle electrical signals applied to the affected nerves to significantly reduce pain and other symptoms associated with damaged and irritated nerves.
CET is well-tolerated by most patients, takes minutes to perform, and offers significant relief to 87% of patients who undergo the therapy. If knee pain is disrupting your life, schedule a visit with Dr. D’Souza today. Call the office or book your appointment online.