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Nonsurgical Management of Knee Pain in Adults

Knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults, decreasing function, mobility, and quality of life. The prevalence of knee pain has increased 65% over the past 20 years. Knee symptoms are the 10th most common reason for office visits. At Prime Medical Pain Management Centers, we can help! Recent literature supports nonsurgical treatments for many patients with chronic knee pain. Effective treatment depends on the cause of knee pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, are used initially in combination with physical therapy to manage the most typical causes of chronic knee pain. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends against glucosamine/chondroitin for osteoarthritis. In patients who are not candidates for surgery, prescription pain medications should be used if NSAID’s are ineffective. Weight loss is encouraged for all patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Knee braces are helpful, but should not replace physical therapy. Corticosteroid injections are helpful for short-term pain relief. Source: | 29 December 2015

Pain Management and Sciatica

Are you experiencing pain that shoots down the back of one buttock or thigh? This may be a sign of a common condition known as SCIATICA ( irritation of the sciatic nerve). The sensation of pain can vary widely, from a mild ache, a sharp, burning sensation, or extreme discomfort. Sciatica is also commonly associated with feelings of numbness, weakness, and tingling. The intensity of pain sensation can be worsened by prolonged sitting, standing up, coughing, sneezing, twisting, lifting, or straining. Treatment for sciatic pain ranges from hot and cold packs and prescription pain medications, to physical therapy exercises and complementary and alternative remedies. We offer treatments for managing sciatic pain. Call or email us today. We can help! Source: | 22 December 2015

Trigger Points

We treat focal, persistent pain associated with trigger points! The American Family Physician journal described trigger points as, spots located in a taut band of muscle that produce pain. Sudden or repetitive injuries may lead to the development of stress on muscle fibers and the formation of trigger points. These trigger points may also develop as tension headaches, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, and low back pain. An injection of prescription pain medication and a medication to help with swelling, can help. Patients who have trigger points often complain of persistent pain and inability to fully move the joint near the area of muscle pain. Prescription pain medications and muscle relaxers often help patients with chronic muscle pain. Source: | 16 December 2015