5 Alternative Options To Help Control Your Knee Pain

Many of my patients suffer from knee pain. A lot of times, I’ll have patients that come to my office who have just seen their orthopedic surgeon who have told them that they need a knee replacement. They will then come to me asking me about what alternative options may be available to them.


Here Are Five Alternative Options to Help Control Your Knee Pain That I Discuss With My Patients:


Physical Therapy

The first thing we’ll usually talk about is something that they may have already had done, which is physical therapy. A lot of times physical therapy is overlooked or is not given enough credit and we may try it again. We might even add a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory to help with the therapy.


Cortisone Injections

The second thing we’ll usually talk about is cortisone injections. Cortisone injections work really well but the problem is they only last about three to four months. You really don’t want to repeat them because repetitive injections into the joint will cause accelerated degeneration of the joint. In the short-term, they may work well for you but in the long-term they are quite problematic for you.



The next thing we’ll talk about is viscosupplementation. Viscosupplementation is where we take a gel-like substance and we inject it into the knee, and this will do a few things. It will act as a shock absorber to the knee, it will act like a lubricant to the knee and it will act like a hydraulic fluid to the knee. Generally, patients do well with this. This will last about six months.


Geniculate Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation

The next step is usually geniculate nerve radiofrequency ablation. This is when we will numb and burn the nerves around the knee. This actually works really well. It will last almost eight to twelve months. It will increase the patient’s function; it will decrease the pain and overall the patients are very happy with it.


Platelet-rich Plasma

Finally, the last thing we usually talk about is PRP or platelet-rich plasma. This usually falls under the realm of regenerative medicine which is a big buzzword in medicine these days. The reason why I like PRP is because there is a large body of literature behind it and much of it is encouraging.  As long as we very carefully select the patients, they can do quite well.


At Chicago Sports and Spine, we see and treat patients with a variety of stages of knee pain. We specialize in creating a treatment plan that will help patients regain a normal lifestyle. We invite you to schedule a consultation with our board-certified pain management doctor to learn more about treatments and procedures Chicago Sports and Spine offers.

Non Surgical Treatment for Back Pain

Non Surgical Treatment for Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common health complaints we face as a country, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. The lower back is the area most often affected.

Back pain may go away on its own after a few days or weeks, however, that is unfortunately not always the case; back pain can become a chronic condition for many sufferers. Low-back pain can be debilitating, and significantly affect one’s quality of life.

At Chicago Sports and Spine, we see & treat patients in a variety of stages of back pain. Sometimes, surgery is the best solution to their ailments. However, oftentimes there are steps we can take to help them manage their pain and heal their bodies in ways that avoid surgery, while still providing relief and improving quality of life.

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Chronic Pain Management: How Louis Kicked Perpetual Pain


Meet Louis Fornelli. Louis is a patient that came to Chicago Sports and Spine looking for help with his myriad of pain problems. He had shoulder pain, wrist pain, back pain, leg pain, and more.

As you’ll see in the video, Louis put it best. He couldn’t get back to feeling like his normal self and was, plainly, “a mess.”

We welcomed Louis in and used a multidisciplinary approach to treat our pain-laden pal.  First, we assessed the medicines he was taking and reduced them by a third. Then, we proceeded to use a combination of physical therapy and injections to treat his pain issues.  Within six months, Louis felt dramatically better and since, has gone back to enjoying his favorite physical hobbies and active life. We’re glad Louis is back in action and want to make sure you are, too.

Ready to rumble? We’re ready for your call.

The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

Call 312-623-7246 so we can start abolishing your pain, just like Louis did.

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Pain Rehabilitation: How CSS Co-Founder Dr. Arayan Helps

Meet Dr. Rizwan Arayan: physiatrist, Chicago local, new dad, and co-founder of Chicago Sports and Spine. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and continued his education at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital/University of Chicago where he completed his training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Arayan subsequently went on to complete a Sports Medicine and Electromyography (EMG) fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Medical Specialities in both Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He also specializes in Worker’s Compensation cases.

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Knee Pain Solutions: Hyalgan Injections

Knee Pain

Chronic knee soreness. It almost sounds as painful as it feels. And, it may be a bigger deal than you think. Enter “OA” in the knee.

Osteoarthritis or “OA” in the knee is a common condition that causes protective smooth cartilage on the ends of bones to break down. All cartilage that once cushioned the joint gets deteriorated. This leads to stiffness, swelling, and pain that can make even walking difficult. Whether you have been diagnosed with this already or not, you may be needlessly suffering.

We hope this doesn’t sound familiar to you. If, however, it does, and you don’t find sufficient relief with simple pain relievers or other relief treatments like physical therapy and exercise, you may be a great candidate for treatment with Hyalgan.

Hyalgan is a kind of hyaluronate, a natural substance found in high amounts in your body’s joint tissue and joint fluid that acts as a shock absorber inside your joints. It is injected into your knee to provide long-lasting relief from pain.

“Gel injections” and “chicken shots” are also popular titles for this. That’s because Hyalgan has a substance that comes from the red, stretchy part that hangs off the rooster neck, also known as the wattle.

The number of injections that you may need will depend on your individual condition and response to Hyalgan therapy, though we’ve seen series of as little as three injections provide relief for up to six months. Dr. Bathla and Dr. Arayan love providing their patients with precise relief that works as quickly as possible, and the Hyalgan treatment is a great way to do that given its impressive track record.

Our doctors and the Hyalgan treatment may be just what you need, whether you’re looking to dance with more fluidity or simply walk with more ease.

High five for pain-free flexibility,
The Chicago Sports and Spine Team

For further information on how our doctors can use Hyalgan to relieve your knee pain, contact Chicago Sports and Spine Pain Management Physicians at (312) 623-7246.

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