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Knee Pain Specialist

Board Certified Orthopedic Providers in Tucson, AZ & Phoenix, AZ

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Knee Pain
Knee pain that persists and worsens over time is likely to result from arthritis. If you have a condition like osteoarthritis but want to avoid surgery, Shaun Peterson, MD, Ashley Ciallella, PA-C, Marianne Parham, RNFA, and Ambrosia Boyd, DNP, FNP-C, of Knees First can help. At their offices in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, you receive specialized care for your knee pain from board-certified practitioners. To find out about cutting-edge therapies like hyaluronic acid injections, call your nearest Knees First office today or book an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain can develop slowly from joint overuse or repetitive strain, which causes problems like tendonitis and bursitis. It can also happen suddenly if you injure the bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons that make up your knee joints.

One of the chief causes of ongoing knee pain is arthritis. Among many different types, the most common ones in the knees are:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Septic arthritis
  • Post-traumatic arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis 

Causes of arthritis vary. For example, osteoarthritis results from deterioration of the joints after years of use. Septic arthritis is due to infection, while rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune disorders (where your immune system destroys healthy cells in your body by mistake).

The pain of knee arthritis is typically always present but varies in intensity. It might cause a dull ache, then flare up into throbbing agony on occasion. A bad attack can send shooting pains through your knees. You find it too painful to kneel for long, if at all.

What symptoms might I experience with knee pain?

Knee pain symptoms might include loss of use or joint instability if you have an injury. Arthritic knee pain is also likely to cause:


Arthritic knees get stiff, so you might lose function as the disease progresses. The joints also weaken, so you might find it increasingly hard to get up from a sitting position, climb stairs, or do anything that puts a lot of strain on the knees.


Arthritic knees may swell, usually because of a fluid buildup. This is a response to the inflammation in the joint, but too much can cause more pressure and pain, as well as making your joints swell. 


Joints can often distort, twisting into abnormal positions that further reduce your ability to function normally.

Arthritis symptoms are often worse in the knees because they’re active, weight-bearing joints. You’re likely to find your symptoms flare up in response to triggers, such as cold, damp weather, stress, and strenuous activities.

How is knee pain treated?

After confirming the cause of your knee pain, your Knees First provider prepares a suitable treatment program for you. This might include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medication 
  • Fitting a knee brace
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Hyaluronic acid injections 

Knees First specializes in performing knee injections that help you avoid surgery. They use cutting-edge imaging technology to ensure the precision placement of the needle inside your knee.

If you’re experiencing problems with knee pain and loss of function, talk to Knees First about knee injections. Call your nearest office today or book an appointment online.


✆ Tucson: 520-624-0888 | 
1707 West Saint Marys Road, Suite 205, Tucson, AZ 85745
✆ Phoenix: 602-354-7474 | 5040 North 15th Avenue, Suite 107, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Email: intake@kneesfirst.com