Gulf Coast Healthcare
Advanced Chiropractic & Physical Rehabilitation located in Seabrook, TX
If you experience knee pain that doesn’t respond to at-home treatments like ice, rest, or elevation, it’s important to seek professional help. Pinpointing the source of your discomfort can reduce the risk of complications and improve your mobility. At Gulf Coast Healthcare, advanced chiropractic specialist Mark Hill, DC, and the team use integrative, non and minimally invasive treatments to manage knee pain. To make an appointment at the practice in Seabrook, Texas, click the online scheduling tool today or call the office.
Knee Pain Q&A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain refers to any stiffness, swelling, or general discomfort that affects one (or both) knee joints. Often, it occurs due to daily activities like walking, standing, bending, or lifting, but it can also point to more serious issues like arthritis or a dislocated joint.
Most cases of knee pain resolve on their own with over-the-counter pain medication and rest. If your symptoms worsen or prevent you from work or exercise, make an appointment with the team at Gulf Coast Healthcare.
What are some common causes of knee pain?
Causes of knee pain include:
- Sports injuries
- Sprained or strained muscles and ligaments
- Torn cartilage
- Dislocated joint
- Knee bursitis
- Loose bone or cartilage
Arthritis is a group of more than 100 diseases that affect the health and function of the joints. Osteoarthritis in the knees is very common.
When should I visit a chiropractor about knee pain?
Most cases of knee pain are mild and heal on their own. Still, it’s important to contact the team at Gulf Coast Healthcare, PLLC, if your pain prevents you from putting weight on your knee, you have visible knee swelling, or you’re unable to fully extend or bend your knee joint.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
To diagnose knee pain, your Gulf Coast Healthcare, provider asks about your symptoms and reviews your medical history. Then, they conduct a physical exam. During the physical, your provider inspects your knee for signs of swelling, tenderness, or bruising, and sees how far you can move your knee and lower leg in different directions.
If your provider suspects your pain is due to an underlying issue, like a dislocation or fracture, they might also order diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These techniques provide detailed images of your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
How is knee pain treated?
At Gulf Coast Healthcare, PLLC, the team uses conservative, non and minimally invasive treatments to manage knee pain, including:
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) by Medical Wave
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
- Trigger point injections
- Rehabilitation and exercise
- Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy
Knee decompression uses a computer-controlled table and a special harness to relieve pressure on your knee joint. That increases circulation to the area, speeding up your body’s natural healing process.
If you regularly experience knee pain, don’t wait to seek treatment at Gulf Coast Healthcare. Click the online scheduling tool or call the office today to request an appointment.