Treatments for osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, patellar tendonitis, MCL and LCL ligament injuries.
If you’re on this site, the conservative knee pain treatments have failed you: over the counter medications, rest, heat/ice, and physical therapy, to treat your knee issue. So what are you left with for treating knee injuries? Some physicians may recommend a steroid injection into the area. The steroid can help temporarily with pain, but the potential side effects of the steroid such as weakening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the area makes steroid injections a less than attractive choice. Other doctors may recommend arthroscopic surgery. Depending on your diagnosis, such as a complete ACL tear, surgery may be warranted. Unfortunately, surgery for meniscus, ligament and arthritic conditions may not work and may lead to complications such as persistent or new pain, necessity for opiate medications for pain control, and missed work.
At The Spine & Pain Center of California, achieving your best clinical outcome is our number one priority. We will first establish a definitive diagnosis of your condition. This will be done through a records review, physical examination, and personally reviewing available imaging studies. In addition a dynamic ultrasound may be used to assess movement of the affected knee to detect pathology which may not be evident on static images such as MRI or x-ray.
The Spine & Pain Center of California offers a variety of image guided, minimally invasive injection procedures using PRP to help treat knee conditions. PRP has been shown to be helpful in mild to moderate osteoarthritis, meniscus tears, medial collateral ligament sprains, lateral collateral ligament sprains, and patellar tendonitis. PRP has also been shown to be more helpful than “lubricant injections” or viscosupplementation. The Spine & Pain Center of California will fine tailor the right procedure for your condition, providing you the ability to avoid potentially harmful steroids or surgery.