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Knee Pain

Physical Medicine Institute

B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME

Interventional Orthopedic & Physical Medicine located in Sherman Oaks, CA

As you get older, knee pain may become a more prominent part of your life. At Physical Medicine Institute in Sherman Oaks, California, rehabilitation physician B. Sam Tabibian, MD, QME, understands the severity of the pain that arthritis and other underlying conditions can cause. Dr. Tabibian offers on-site diagnostic services to uncover the source of your knee pain and customizes an interventional treatment plan to relieve it. Find out more about your treatment options for knee pain by calling Physical Medical Institute, or request an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Acute knee pain can develop after you’re injured in a fall or playing a sport. Many people develop chronic knee pain over time due to degenerative issues, like arthritis, in the joint.

Some of the most common causes of chronic knee pain are:

  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Infections
  • Muscle sprains
  • Kneecap dislocation

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are also a common source of persistent knee pain. The ACL is a thick band of ligaments that keeps your knee joint in place. Due to the overuse of your knee joint, tears can develop in the ACL that cause pain and limited mobility.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

During your diagnostic evaluation for knee pain, Dr. Tabibian reviews your medical history, your lifestyle, and the severity of your pain and other symptoms. He may ask you to walk or make certain movements with your knee to assess its range of motion.

To confirm underlying degenerative conditions or soft tissue sprains and tears, Dr. Tabibian uses the latest ultrasound technologies. An ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of your knee joint and helps identify tears, inflammation, and other sources of pain.

Once Dr. Tabibian determines the cause of your knee pain, he customizes a treatment plan to relieve inflammation and pain and increase the function of your knee joint.

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Tabibian is an expert in interventional therapies to treat chronic pain, and he uses injections of anesthetic and steroid medications to ease pain and reduce inflammation. 

He also specializes in genicular nerve blocks, which use anesthetic medications to block the signals coming from the nerves that provide sensations in your knee.

If you have a degenerative condition, like osteoarthritis or an ACL tear, you may be a candidate for regenerative medicine. 

This injection therapy uses a high concentration of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a substance in your blood that contains growth factors. These growth factors stimulate your body to produce new, healthy cells to replace damaged ones.

To ensure he delivers injections into the precise location, Dr. Tabibian uses ultrasound technology to guide him.

Following your injection procedure, you can return to your usual routine but may need to limit high-impact exercise and strenuous activities. It can take several weeks to receive the full benefit of your interventional or regenerative medicine injection.

In many cases, regenerative and interventional therapies can reduce the need for surgery, help you find long-lasting relief of pain, and improve your overall quality of life.

There’s no need to live with chronic knee pain. Schedule your diagnostic evaluation by calling Physical Medicine Institute or requesting an appointment online today.