Knee Pain Specialist

Ihab Labatia, MD -  - Board Certified Pain Management Physician

Hillcrest Pain and Spine

Ihab Labatia, MD

Board Certified Pain Management Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Lexington, KY

Knee pain is common, affecting many athletes and older adults at some point. At Hillcrest Pain and Spine in Lexington, Kentucky, board-certified pain management physician Ihab Labatia, MD, and his expert team find the root cause of knee pain and treat it to offer you relief. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

Your knee joints connect your upper and lower legs and consist of tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and cartilage. Knee pain might present as:

  • Sharp pain
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Limited mobility
  • Weakness
  • Instability
  • Crunching or popping sounds

Knee pain might indicate a degenerative disease, age-related wear and tear, or an injury. Treatment with Dr. Labatia and his staff can alleviate discomfort and give you a better quality of life.

What causes knee pain?

A variety of factors can cause knee pain. Examples include:

  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Torn meniscus
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Knee bursitis
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Other knee injuries

You might experience knee pain after falling, a sports or work-related injury, or having a chronic disease. Risk factors include being overweight, lack of strength and flexibility, and having a previous knee injury.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of knee pain?

To find the root cause of knee pain and personalize a treatment plan, Dr. Labatia discusses your medical history, reviews your symptoms, and completes a physical examination. He may recommend you undergo blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, or other imaging procedures to determine the type and severity of knee injury you may have.

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Labatia personalizes knee pain treatments to reduce discomfort and restore knee joint structure and function. He may recommend:

Home remedies

Icing and resting your knee, compression, elevation, and wearing a knee brace are ways you can reduce knee pain at home.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy stretches and exercises strengthen your knee joint and surrounding tissues to reduce pain and the risk of reinjury.


Taking medications can reduce inflammation and pain linked with knee problems. 


Hyaluronic acid, corticosteroid, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can reduce pain and inflammation, as well as speed up healing after a knee injury.


Undergoing knee surgery can remove, repair, or replace parts of your knee joint to restore its structure and function and reduce knee discomfort. 

To learn more about the knee pain treatments available at Hillcrest Pain and Spine call the office or schedule an appointment online today.