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Knee Pain

Sara Goel, DO

Board Certified Interventional Pain Management Physician & Board Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician located in Inner Loop, Medical Center, Rice Village, Houston, TX

Knee pain affects one-quarter of American adults, which is a 65% increase over the last two decades. Because knee pain is so common, considerable medical research is now dedicated to knee pain — with very impressive results. Sara Goel, DO, uses all of the most up-to-date protocols and proven technology to ease your knee pain quickly without surgery. If you’re living with the daily misery of nagging knee pain, reach out to Dr. Goel’s Houston, Texas, office by phone or through online booking to learn more about how she can help you now.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Your knee joints are among the largest weight-bearing joints in your body, so injury and wear-and-tear can both lead to serious knee pain. Some of the most common reasons for knee pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Loose cartilage
  • Ligament injuries
  • Meniscal tear

Knee pain can connect with other kinds of pain. For example, if you have hip pain, you could instinctively put extra pressure on your knees to try to offload that pain. This extra strain can quickly cause knee pain. 

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Dr. Goel performs a thorough assessment of your knee function. She asks about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and uses imaging tests like X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to find the root cause of your knee pain. 

Getting an accurate diagnosis is vital because Dr. Goel believes in treating the condition that caused your knee pain, rather than just temporarily treating the symptoms. This approach gives you longer-lasting pain relief.

How is knee pain treated? 

Dr. Goel is a dual board-certified physician with specialized training in both interventional pain management and physical medicine and rehabilitation. She uses both approaches to create a multidisciplinary knee pain treatment plan just for you. Treatment usually includes:

Medication management

Dr. Goel manages your current knee pain medication and helps you make beneficial changes where appropriate. She has successfully helped many patients reduce or discontinue the use of potentially habit-forming opioids by creating a more effective long-term pain management plan.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps you build strength and improve function in the muscles and other support tissues around the knee joint. Your physical therapy may include special exercises along with natural pain relief modalities like ice, heat, and ultrasound therapy. 

Interventional pain management

If your knee pain doesn’t respond to conservative care, Dr. Goel may recommend outpatient nonsurgical treatments like knee joint injections to reduce inflammation, hyaluronic acid injections (viscosupplementation) to restore joint lubrication, peripheral nerve blocks, and joint neurotomy or regenerative medicine treatments to regrow damaged tissue. 

With this unique combination of therapies, you get immediate pain relief while treating the underlying problem for long-term improvements. 

If you have chronic knee pain, you don’t have to give in to joint replacement. In most cases, Dr. Goel can treat your pain and help you return to your normal activities with no hospital time. Call Dr. Sara Goel now, or click on the online scheduler today. 

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