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Prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.


Dr. Ronald Meisel
Dr. Robert Carson

Some common treatments for knee pain:

Not all of these treatments are appropriate for every condition, but they may be helpful in your situation.

  • Rest: The first treatment for most common conditions that cause knee pain is to rest the joint, and allow the acute inflammation to subside.
  • Ice and Heat Application: Ice treatment is most commonly used for acute injuries. If you have a recent injury (within the last 48 hours) where swelling is a problem, you should be using ice treatment. Ice packs can help minimize swelling around the injury. Heat treatments should be used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues, and to stimulate blood flow to the area. Use heat treatments for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries, before participating in activities. Do not use heat treatments after activity or after an acute injury. Heating tissues can be accomplished using a heating pad, or even a hot, wet towel for a limited time.
  • Stretching: Stretching the muscles and tendons that surround the joint can help with some causes of knee pain.
  • Physical Therapy: An important aspect of treatment of almost all orthopedic conditions. Physical therapists use different techniques to increase strength, regain mobility, and help return patients to their pre-injury level of activity.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, commonly referred to as NSAIDs, are the most commonly prescribed medications, especially for patients with knee pain caused by problems such as arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis.
  • Cortisone injections: Cortisone is a powerful medication that treats inflammation, and inflammation is a common problem in patients with knee pain. Discuss with your doctor the possible benefits of a cortisone injection for your condition.
  • Knee Replacement Surgery: Used only after all other treatments have failed, knee replacement surgery has improved significantly over the last thirty years. Current knee implants have a mobile plastic bearing that simulates normal knee mechanics including rotation. These implants have a proven long track record for stability, wear and function. Dr. Meisel patient's have reported a high rate satisfaction with knee replacement surgery.

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