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I have cronic knee pain after an accident. The MRI and X-ray results are negative. What can I do to help it without drugs?

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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Aquatics/acupuncture

Injuries after accidents can unfortunately lead to chronic pain (despite normal imaging tests).
It's best to stay active, work with a physical therapist to maintain your strength. Consider aquatic therapy as warm water combined with non impact strengthening can be therapeutic. Alternative treatments i.e. Acupuncture may be beneficial. Consider seeing a pain md for further recommendations.

In brief: Aquatics/acupuncture

Injuries after accidents can unfortunately lead to chronic pain (despite normal imaging tests).
It's best to stay active, work with a physical therapist to maintain your strength. Consider aquatic therapy as warm water combined with non impact strengthening can be therapeutic. Alternative treatments i.e. Acupuncture may be beneficial. Consider seeing a pain md for further recommendations.
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Sorry to hear about your accident. You may have had a nerve injury which might not be picked up with an xray or MRI. You might need an EMG/NCS (electromyogram and nerve conduction study ) to evaluate for nerve damage.
Dr. Hallie Robbins
Soft tissue injuries might not show up on stanfard tests and imaging studies. Electrodiagnostic studies may show nerve damage if the accident is more than a few weeks old and may be helpful. See if you can get referred to a DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) / PM&R doctor who does hands-on assessment and treatment called Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). Thanks for your service!
Dr. David Bozak
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many options.

Physical therapy, and some of their modalities like a tens unit and ultrasound.
Brace or even just a knee compression sleeve can help. Topical rubs like biofreeze, tiger balm, etc. Accupuncture.

In brief: Many options.

Physical therapy, and some of their modalities like a tens unit and ultrasound.
Brace or even just a knee compression sleeve can help. Topical rubs like biofreeze, tiger balm, etc. Accupuncture.
Dr. David Bozak
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