Knee Pain Specialist

Riverview Pain and Spine Institute

Dinash Yanamadula, MD, FAAPMR, FAAPM

Pain Management Specialist & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic located in Edgewater, NJ

Whether your knee pain is the result of injury, illness, or a chronic condition, Dr. Dinash Yanamadula of Riverview Pain & Spine Institute, located in Edgewater, New Jersey, can provide safe and effective pain relief. Dr. Yanamadula, serving patients throughout the greater Edgewater area, is an expert in the full scope of traditional and advanced, non-surgical treatments for knee pain.

Knee Pain Q & A

What are the most common causes of knee pain?

The knee joint is comprised of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, any of which can become damaged and therefore painful. Among the most common causes of knee damage are:

  • Fractures around the knee
  • Dislocation
  • Knee bursitis
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Meniscus, ligament and tendon tears
  • Arthritis
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease

How does Dr. Yanamadula treat knee pain?

Dr. Yanamadula utilizes the full scope of non-surgical pain relief options. After a complete examination and diagnosis of the source of each patient’s pain, an individualized plan is designed. Among the potential treatment options that may be used, include:

  • Visco-supplementation: This is a simple, non-surgical procedure in which a thick, gel-like medication is injected into the space in the knee joint to replace or supplement the knee’s decreased synovial fluid. This gel-like medication adds cushioning and thereby reduces or eliminates pain in the knee joint. Some patients enjoy immediate relief. Others may need a couple of weeks or additional injections.
  • Genicular nerve block: Also called a G Block, this outpatient procedure is an injection of an anesthesia into the nerves within the knee that transmit pain to the brain. Anesthetizing these nerves can temporarily relieve pain caused by knee degeneration. It can also help determine if a patient is a candidate for nerve ablation, a procedure that can provide long-term pain relief .
  • Genicular nerve ablation: This outpatient procedure entails the use of a radiofrequency device to heat and inhibit the nerves in the knee that transmit pain to the brain. A mild sedative is used to make the patient comfortable during the procedure. Upon completion, patients should notice immediate relief, which can last for several months.

What Puts an Individual At Risk for Knee Pain?

Several factors can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing knee pain. Only some are preventable. The most common risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • A lack of muscle flexibility or strength
  • Participating in certain sports, such as downhill skiing, basketball and running
  • Having a previous knee injury
  • Being over the age of 50

What Is an ACL Tear?

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of four ligaments in the knee that allows it to function. The ACL is the ligament that is closest to the front of the knee and allows a person to walk, jump, run or pivot. When the ACL tears, it makes a popping noise that is normally loud enough to be heard. Tearing the ACL can mean several months off of the playing field if the person is an athlete. In some cases, the tear is severe enough that surgery may need to be performed in order for the knee to function as it should. An ACL tear is one of the most damaging of all of the knee injuries.

When Should a Knee Replacement be Considered?

Most people put off knee replacement surgery for as long as possible. There comes a point, however, when bone-on-bone grinding can cause intense pain and discomfort, making walking or even taking a few steps extremely uncomfortable. Doctors who specialize in rehabilitation may recommend a partial or full knee replacement when the person's range of motion and mobility have started to decline because of extreme pain or limited range of motion. If the pain and discomfort have gotten to the point where a person's quality of life has started to deteriorate, a knee replacement procedure may be the next step.

What is a "Blown" Knee?

A "blown" knee is a common term when it comes to athletes who participate in extreme sports. Basically, it involves damage to at least two or more of the ligaments that affect how the knee functions. The ACL ligament is one of the primary movers of the knee. If the ACL and one of the other ligaments become torn or damaged, movement may be dramatically limited. This type of inflammation is characterized by excessive inflammation that sometimes extends upwards into the thigh as well as downward toward the calf. It is also accompanied by intense pain. When a knee receives this much damage, it can be almost impossible to put weight on it. If the damage is extensive and involves three or more of the ligaments, the doctor may recommend reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation.

Major Insurances Accepted

At Riverview Pain and Spine, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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