What Doctor to See For Knee Pain? And Other FAQs
What doctor to see for knee pain?
If you’re suffering from knee pain, you might wonder which type of doctor to see for knee pain. After all, pain doctors can come from numerous fields of healthcare. They can be physiatrists, neurosurgeons, podiatrists, neurologists, anesthesiologists, primary care physicians, podiatrists, etc. Numerous types of doctors can deal with pain-related conditions, but who do you consult for knee pain?
You should generally consult pain doctors for knee pain. However, the term “pain doctor” can include palliative care specialists, international pain and spine specialists, and chronic pain specialists.
Palliative care specialists generally deal with chronic pain arising from underlying medical conditions and illnesses, such as cancer, and their care includes the emotional aspect of the disease. Chronic pain specialists primarily focus on opioid management — you should avoid pain doctors who primarily rely on opioids because they don’t address the root cause of your pain. Furthermore, solely relying on opioids can lead to addiction.
You should consult interventional pain and spine specialists for knee pain. Interventional pain doctors have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of functional pain conditions due to spine, bone, and joint-related issues. They provide conservative treatments that address the root cause of knee pain and use minimally invasive procedures, such as injections and ablations. They help you avoid surgeries and opioids.
If you’re suffering from a knee injury, chronic knee pain, or joint pain and swelling related to the knee joints, you should consider interventional pain and spine specialists. They will identify and treat the root cause of knee pain, ensuring long-lasting results.
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What kind of doctor do you see for joint pain?
Orthopedists and rheumatologists are pain doctors specializing in conditions related to the joints and bones. If you’re suffering from knee joint pain, you can find and consult a reliable rheumatologist near your location. But if you’re not sure about the true reason for your knee pain, we encourage you to consult reliable interventional pain specialists in your area. The interventional pain doctor will perform numerous diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of joint pain and recommend the ideal treatments for you.
What does a rheumatologist doctor do?
A rheumatologist is an internal medicine physician specializing in rheumatology, i.e., the branch of medicine concerned with musculoskeletal conditions, including autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. They diagnose and treat numerous conditions, including rheumatic disorders of the joints, muscles, and bones and issues affecting the connective tissues of the body, such as the ligaments and tendons.
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Should I see a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis?
If you have knee joint pain or symptoms of osteoarthritis, you can consult an interventional pain specialist in your area. The interventional pain doctor will examine your condition, run some tests, and administer numerous x-rays and imaging tests to diagnose the root cause of your problems. Most interventional pain doctors can manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis with physical therapy, minimally invasive treatments, and pain medications.
But if the doctor believes there’s another possible source for your joint pain beside osteoarthritis, they might consult a rheumatologist. You don’t need to find a rheumatologist for yourself — your pain doctor will consult a rheumatologist if necessary. As such, if you experience the symptoms of knee pain, knee joint disorders, or osteoarthritis, please contact reliable board-certified interventional pain specialists near your area.
Signs you need to see a doctor for knee pain
Knee pain can occur because of numerous conditions. The symptoms of knee pain can develop slowly over time or because of sudden injuries, overuse, or trauma. You must contact your pain doctor if the symptoms of knee pain have persisted for a long time or if the pain has occurred suddenly because of trauma or injuries.
You must contact a knee pain doctor if you experience the following:
- Significant swelling
- Tenderness around the joint
- Significant pain
- Persistent knee pain
- Sudden knee pain
- Knee injury/ trauma
- Deformed knee joint
- Popping noise at the knee
- Inability to bear weight
- Sudden swelling
- Extreme knee pain
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What is the diagnosis and treatment process?
Our interventional knee pain doctors in New York follow a systematic, step-by-step process when diagnosing and treating the root cause of your knee pain. Our team is led by doctors specializing in joint disorders and other causes of knee pain. Below, we provide a step-by-step overview of the knee pain diagnosis and treatment process.
Step 1: Initial Consultation
During your initial consultation, the knee pain doctor will examine your knees, perform some tests to examine the range of motion, discuss your symptoms, and narrow down the possible sources of knee pain.
Step 2: Diagnostic Tests
The knee pain doctor will administer numerous diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, to trace the specific root cause of knee pain, such as joint disorders, bone spurs, or other problems.
Step 3: Treatment Planning
The knee pain doctor will curate a personalized knee pain treatment plan consisting of conservative and minimally invasive treatment options. The treatment plan is curated according to your specific needs.
Step 4: Conservative Treatments
The knee pain doctor will recommend conservative treatments, such as rest, ice pack application, compression, and elevation. You will also have to undergo physical therapy to restore optimal functionality.
Step 5: Minimally Invasive Treatments
After conservative treatments, the knee pain doctor may try different minimally invasive treatments to address the root cause of knee pain. Depending on your unique needs, the knee pain doctor may perform epidural injections or ablation treatments. We only provide minimally invasive procedures that involve no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately.
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