Knee Pain Specialist

Pain Management Specialists & Anesthesiologists located in Des Moines, IA & West Des Moines, IA

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Knee Pain services offered in Corner of Westown Pwky and 60th Street in West Des Moines, West Des Moines and East side of Des Moines, next to Perkins off of East Euclid, East Des Moines, IA

Your knee supports your body weight and bears the stress of repetitive movement, making it vulnerable to painful injuries and conditions. When knee pain takes you out of action, it's time to consult the team at Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management. The board-certified anesthesiologists and certified nurse practitioners have years of experience helping their patients overcome knee pain from any cause. If you need to ease the pain, call one of their two offices in West Des Moines and Des Moines, Iowa, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

You may end up with knee pain after a sports injury, or you could gradually develop pain from the stress of frequent knee movement. 

As you get older, age-related degeneration becomes the most common cause of knee pain. Your knee bears a lot of stress, and over the years, that stress breaks down cartilage and other tissues in the joint.

Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management often treat knee pain caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Knee joint dislocation
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Bone infections
  • Knee fractures
  • Runner's knee

Your provider relieves the pain from any condition with a wide range of innovative treatments performed on-site.

What symptoms accompany knee pain?

Pain could be your only symptom, but knee pain seldom occurs alone. You may also experience:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising
  • Stiffness
  • Limited joint movement
  • Clicking or popping sensations
  • Locked knee joint
  • Inability to bear weight on the knee

Ligament injuries also affect joint stability. As a result, you may feel like your knee will give out.

How is knee pain treated?

Your provider completes a thorough evaluation to diagnose or verify the root cause of your pain. They review any tests performed by your other physicians, such as X-rays and MRIs. If needed, they may do additional diagnostic tests.

The initial treatment for knee pain includes anti-inflammatory medications, limiting your activities, and physical therapy. If your pain still doesn't improve, Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management recommend treatments such as:

Knee joint injections

Knee pain often improves with an injection of powerful anti-inflammatory steroids. If you have arthritis, you may need viscosupplementation, an injection of Hyalgan® (hyaluronic acid).

Your joints naturally produce hyaluronic acid, a thick fluid that lubricates the joint. Hyalgan injections relieve pain, improve movement, and slow down joint damage due to arthritis.

Interventional medicine

Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management offers many interventional treatments that uniquely target the nerves responsible for your pain.

A few examples of interventional treatments include:

  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Genicular nerve block
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

These treatments stop nerves from carrying pain messages from the knee to your brain.

Regenerative medicine

Stem cell injections, one of today's most innovative treatments, effectively relieve your pain by healing the injured tissues. Stem cells self-replicate to create new stem cells. Then the new cells develop into the many types of tissues needed to repair your knee.

To learn more about your options for relieving knee pain, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or book an appointment online today.