Dual board certified in anesthesiology and pain management through the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Knee Pain Specialist
Maiden Lane Medical
Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in New York, NY
The impact of running, jumping, or even walking can stress the delicate joints and ligaments of your knee. If you have knee pain that isn’t getting better, visit Jennifer Zocca, MD, at Maiden Lane Medical in New York City. As a pain management expert who specializes in nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Zocca uses a wide range of treatments to help you regain strength and mobility. To get your symptoms assessed with a personalized consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
What causes knee pain?
Your knees support the entire weight of your torso and upper body, which means they are vulnerable to injury and pain. Common causes of knee pain include:
- Arthritis: Chronic inflammation due to injury or aging
- Soft tissue problems: Often from repetitive motions, sports, or trauma
- Obesity: Excess weight puts more pressure on the knee joints
Knee pain may also develop if you live a sedentary lifestyle, as this weakens the knee muscles and makes them more susceptible to injury.
What are the symptoms of knee pain?
Knee pain can be acute or chronic, depending on the cause. While everyone experiences pain differently, symptoms might include:
- Stiffness or aching
- Inability to extend the leg fully
- Pain when walking or playing sports
- Swelling or inflammation
Also, if you have knee pain, your other leg muscles might overcompensate, which can lead to stress and strain on the calves or quadriceps.
Do I need knee surgery?
People are often told they need knee surgery to relieve pain, but it might not be true. It’s very possible to treat knee pain without surgery, and Dr. Zocca specializes in using a wide range of methods that don’t require invasive techniques.
With an ongoing treatment plan and regular physical therapy, many men and women can avoid surgery entirely.
How is knee pain treated?
Dr. Zocca starts by evaluating your symptoms and recommending the appropriate diagnostic tests, like an X-ray or ultrasound. Depending on your symptoms and your condition, she may recommend a number of treatments, including:
- Physical therapy: To regain strength, functional movement, and flexibility in the knee joint
- Bracing: To protect the knee while healing
- Injections: Steroids to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Medication management: Reducing the intake of pain medication or using it appropriately with treatment
The goal of treatment is to help you manage pain and to heal any injury or trauma to the knee without surgery. With a multifaceted approach, your treatment delivers faster results and allows you to get back to your favorite activities.
To eliminate knee pain and start a personalized treatment plan, contact Dr. Zocca by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.