It doesn’t take a significant injury to develop knee pain; even a slight misstep can lead to painful damage. Under the leadership of Rashida Cohen, DC, the skilled team at Washington Integrative Health in Washington, D.C., leverages its comprehensive approach to whole-body care to address and manage knee pain. To find effective therapies that eliminate your pain safely, call Washington Integrative Health or schedule an appointment online today.
Knee pain can develop for a variety of reasons, including trauma, overuse, degeneration, or disease.
Your knee is made up of bones and soft tissues like ligaments, tendons, and muscles. This complex anatomy leaves your knee susceptible to injuries and inflammation, including:
It’s also possible to experience knee pain because of problems in other areas of your body. This type of pain is called referred pain and sometimes occurs because of nerve compression, muscle imbalance, or joint degeneration in the hips or spine.
When you experience knee pain, it can occur in several locations like the front, side, or back of the knee as well as around the joint.
During your appointment at Washington Integrative Health, Dr. Cohen and her team review your symptoms and perform a physical examination of your knee. They also evaluate your knee’s flexibility and reflexes to determine what limitations you’re having.
Based on your knee pain and symptoms, they might suggest on-site X-rays, and your provider can typically reach a swift diagnosis during your office visit. If you have a soft tissue injury to ligaments, tendons, or muscles, they might recommend additional screenings such as an MRI or CT scan.
Dr. Cohen and her team also look for other issues in your body that could be contributing to your knee pain, like tightness in your lower back or limited range of motion in your hips.
Depending on the cause of your knee pain, Dr. Cohen and her providers offer several treatment options to address inflammation, relieve pain without the need for medication, and restore your range of motion.
In addition to avoiding activities that aggravate your condition, Dr. Cohen and her team might suggest:
Dr. Cohen and her team might also recommend specific exercises to help build strength and stability in your knee. Through this comprehensive approach, they improve your overall balance and joint position to reduce your risk of developing new knee injuries in the future.
If you’re experiencing knee pain, call Washington Integrative Health or schedule an appointment online today.