Don’t Let Achy Knees Sideline You

You depend on your knees to stand, sit, walk, and run. When you think about it, most physical activity relies on your knees to get the job done. With all the work they do, it isn’t surprising that knee pain is a common complaint for individuals of all ages, shapes, and sizes.

The Pain Institute of Arizona (PISA), with offices in Tucson, Safford, and Benson, Arizona, has a team of highly qualified specialists. They focus their medical expertise on treatments that relieve chronic pain and return you to the active lifestyle you desire. 

Find out what our team of top-rated providers has to say about the causes of your achy knees and the highly effective solutions they provide to get you off the sidelines and moving pain-free.

Understanding knee pain

Your knees are made up of bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures that make them one of the most complex and most durable joints in your body.

Depending on the cause, chronic knee pain often begins as an aching or stiffness that worsens over time. Our goal at PISA is to effectively relieve your discomfort and address the cause of your symptoms.

What causes knee pain?

Overuse, injury, and the natural effects of aging can all play a role in chronic knee pain. Conditions often responsible for knee pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament injuries such as an ACL sprain/tear
  • Inflammation due to injury, infection, or arthritis
  • Tendon tears
  • Excess weight, which places excess strain on your knees and other weight-bearing joints

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of knee stiffness and discomfort. This type of arthritis is related to degenerative changes that affect the cartilage within the knee, causing it to wear away over time and lose its supportive effects.

Treating knee pain

Whether you’re a top-performing athlete or merely interested in maintaining an active life, our experts at PISA can help decrease your knee pain and get you moving again without pain.

We offer many effective, nonsurgical treatment strategies here at PISA designed to meet your circumstances and needs, including:

  • Oral medications to relieve the pain resulting from swelling and inflammation
  • Guided physical therapy to improve muscle strength and restore flexibility in the knees
  • Knee injections to reduce inflammation and provide quick pain relief

At PISA, we also take the time to evaluate your current exercise habits and other factors that can contribute to chronic knee discomfort, which may cause us to recommend weight loss, a change in exercise routines, or other lifestyle modifications designed to support and improve your joint health. We also encourage individuals to see us early before that mild aching stiffness worsens and puts you on the sidelines.   

To protect your knees and mobility, schedule a visit to the Pain Institute of Southern Arizona today.