Knee pain is one of the most common types of joint pain and is usually a result of an acute injury, chronic overuse, or the effects of aging. If you’re looking for an effective solution to knee pain, Dr. Daniel Nelson can help. At his practice in Kirkland, in the Greater Seattle area of Washington, Daniel Nelson, MD, and Sarah Goble, PA-C, provide comprehensive treatments for knee pain, including state-of-the-art regenerative medicine therapies. Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.
It’s not really surprising that knees are a common cause of pain. Your knees support the weight of your body and keep you upright. They enable you to walk, run, and jump, and absorb a great deal of the shock that activities like this can generate. This all means that knees come under a great deal of strain every day one way or another.
Pain in your knees when you're younger is often due to injuries or overuse from being physically active. As you get older, knee pain is more likely to be due to arthritis. Less commonly, knee pain may be linked to things like joint infection, lupus, gout or cancer. Knee pain can also be a problem if you’re overweight or obese, or you don’t wear supportive footwear.
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If your knee pain is due to a minor injury or wear-and-tear, resting the joint and applying ice to reduce swelling can help. Raise your leg while you’re resting, and try to avoid using the knee too much for a few days. You might want to take over-the-counter pain medications as well.
If your knee pain doesn’t improve with these home treatments, or the pain is severe, Dr. Nelson can examine the joint and find the cause of your discomfort. As well as carrying out a physical exam, he might need to see an X-ray or a CT or MRI scan of your knee to make a diagnosis.
Once he knows the cause of your knee pain, Dr. Nelson can create a treatment plan for you. Dr. Nelson specializes in knee procedures like Hyaluronic Acid injections, Sarapin Injections, as well as genicular nerve blocks. Many of Dr. Nelson’s patients have benefited greatly from regenerative medicine treatments for knee pain.
Regenerative medicine treatments use cells taken from your blood or other tissues that can boost your body’s ability to heal itself.
There are two main regenerative medicine treatments for knee pain:
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PRP comes from your blood, and stem cells come from your bone marrow or fatty tissues. Dr. Nelson takes a sample of your blood or bone marrow and extracts the platelets or stem cells. He then injects them back into your injured tissues, where they trigger a new round of healing.
Regenerative medicine techniques are extremely safe, because you’re receiving a product that came from your body. The chances of adverse reactions are minimal, but the benefits of regenerative medicine can be immense for many types of musculoskeletal pain.
If you’d like to find out more about regenerative medicine treatments for knee pain, call Dr. Daniel Nelson today or book an appointment online.