The knee is one of the most common sites of joint pain, which isn’t surprising when you consider the amount of weight the knee joints carry as well as the daily bending, twisting, and climbing they endure. Dr. Christopher Clark at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, provides effective treatments for knee pain. He combines therapies -- such as joint injections and exercise therapy -- and tailors them to each patient’s needs. Contact the office or book an appointment online to get started on a knee pain management plan.
Knee pain arises from a variety of underlying medical conditions and injuries, including:
Dr. Clark provides regenerative therapies that directly treat your knee pain while also healing the underlying problem. Two regenerative treatments available to help your knee pain include:
Platelet-rich plasma injections: Platelets are rich sources of proteins called growth factors. When Dr. Clark injects concentrated amounts of growth factors into the injured knee, they boost healing and promote new tissue growth.
Stem cell injections: Dr. Clark can mix adult stem cells removed from various tissues with growth factors and inject them directly into your knee. Stem cells stimulate new tissue growth, so they’re especially useful for treating knee pain caused by soft-tissue damage.
The supporting musculoskeletal structures’ strength and function, from the foot up to the hips and lower back, affects your knee. Dr. Clark examines all these structures to determine if they’re suffering extra stress due to the pain and lack of mobility in your knee.
A pain-management plan outlines the various therapies that effectively treat the underlying cause of your knee pain, relieve pain, and get you back to your normal activities. In addition to regenerative treatments, your pain-management plan may include physical therapy, acupuncture, and other types of joint injections, such as hyaluronic acid.
Dr. Clark has experienced helping people of all ages get relief for their knee pain. He also welcomes older adults with knee arthritis, who need pain relief to stay active and injections to slow degeneration.
Knee injuries are also common in sports. Teenage athletes get injured at about the same rate as professional athletes because they’re still growing and are more susceptible to soft-tissue injuries. Whether you’re a professional athlete, a teen in school sports, or a weekend warrior, Dr. Clark has the expertise to treat knee pain effectively.