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Chronic Knee Pain

An estimated 12.1 percent of the U.S. population (nearly 21 million Americans) age 25 and older have osteoarthritis and knee joints are where this can commonly be seen. If you have chronic knee pain that seems to be getting worse over the years you are not alone. It’s estimated that over 700,000 knee replacements are performed in America each year. Some people are told that they would not be a surgical candidate because of existing health issues and many others would like to avoid a surgical procedure. What is available for people finding themselves in this situation? Living day to day with chronic knee pain does not have to be your future. NovaSpine Pain Institute treats patients with knee pain daily. We offer Cortisone injections aimed at decreasing the inflammation within the joint thus offering pain relief, and viscosupplementation injections designed to provide a lubricating fluid within the knee that can help with pain and movement. Many people refer to this as the “WD-40” for the joints, or “joint gel.” Both of these injections are routinely covered by insurance with little to no cost to the patient.

If knee pain is stopping your ability to function, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a provider at NovaSpine Pain Institute. You will start with an evaluation and exam. Many times x-rays will be ordered to evaluate the extent of the arthritis. If it is determined that you are a candidate for injections, they will be ordered for you that day. Knee pain can prevent you from participating in activities you enjoy. Don’t be sidelined. NovaSpine Pain Institute can get you back in the game and make it possible to enjoy the activities that you love.

Shauna Papa, RN Shauna Papa has been working with Dr. Baker as his nurse for 3 years now. She enjoys working closely with him to develop plans of care to help people in pain. Her favorite aspect of her job is seeing her patients return to their lives after receiving relief from debilitating pain conditions. She participates yearly in Pain Week in Las Vegas where she keeps up on all of the the latest advancements in pain management. Prior to working in pain management, Shauna worked extensively in trauma and emergency medicine both in the Phoenix area, and in Denver. In her time away from the office, Shauna enjoys spending time with her husband Randy and their 3 dogs Shilo, Ozzy and Baxter. She is a football fan and in keeping with her Denver roots, is a Denver Bronco super fan.

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