Larisa N. Likver, MD -  - Pain Management Physician

Larisa N. Likver, MD

Pain Management Physician located in Midtown, New York, NY & Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Knee Pain Specialist

As a skilled physiatrist with extensive experience treating all types of acute and chronic pain, Dr. Likver has earned a reputation as a top provider of state-of-the-art knee pain treatments aimed at helping patients in Manhattan and throughout New York City resolve pain and inflammation while restoring strength and flexibility.

Knee Pain Q&A

Why do my knees hurt?

There are many issues that could be causing or contributing to your painful knees. As one of the largest joints in your body, the knee is subjected to many strains and stresses all day long, including weight-bearing activities like walking and climbing. Repeated bending, sitting, lifting and other activities can take their toll as well. The most common sources of knee pain include:

  • arthritis, or inflammation of the joint itself

  • ligament injuries, like tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)

  • sports injuries, car accidents, and slip-and-fall accidents

  • injuries caused by twisting of the joint

  • repetitive stress and overuse injuries

  • wearing shoes that don't fit properly

  • being obese or overweight

Some types of lower back issues can also cause knee pain. Having your knee pain evaluated is the first step in ensuring you get the best treatment for resolution of pain, inflammation, and other issues.

How will the cause of my knee pain be diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosis is having a complete physical examination of the joint to look for signs of inflammation, including swelling, redness and tenderness in or near the joint. During the exam, range-of-motion exercises may be used to help determine when and how pain and other symptoms occur. Your joint will be carefully felt to determine if there are any specific points of pain and to feel how the joint reacts during bending and extension. Diagnostic imaging studies like x-rays or CT scans may also be ordered, and of course, a complete medical history will also be taken to look for any clues or risk factors.

How is knee pain treated?

Many types of knee pain can be successfully treated with medications to help relieve pain and inflammation combined with physical therapy, hot and cold therapy and stretching to restore strength and flexibility in the joint. Your therapy program will be tailored to your specific needs.

Insurance Providers Accepted

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Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)

Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    Dr. Likver has been a true savior. She's enabled me to live an active life again. After visiting other doctors with no results I was lucky to find Dr. Likver.

    Steve G.
  • Vitals

    I did not think that I could be cured with anything but surgery until I saw Dr. Likver. I feel like a new man.

    Verified Patient
  • "I am very thankful to you and your amazing team, for being so thoughtful and caring towards my persona. Your treatments helped me live my life. A big thank you."

    Ivena N.
  • "You are a gift from God and so is your staff. You are the best pain management doctor in the USA. You listen, you care and you understand."

    Sandra D.
  • "I've been a patient of Dr. Likver's for years and find her to be thoroughly accurate, pleasant & efficient. I've recommended her to several of my friends!"

    Sylvia R.
  • "I have never had a doctor spend so much time with me discussing a course of treatment and explaining every aspect of it."

    Richard H.
  • "You really took the time to treat me as an individual & get to know me. If it wasn’t for you & your excellent staff I know I wouldn't be able to work through my pains."

  • "Since coming to Dr. Likver my quality of life has improved tremendously. I am once again able to enjoy my life. Thank you Dr. Likver for giving me back my life."

  • "She effects a miraculous cure and brings the dying back to life. Both with benevolent mind and art presented respectfully by Centerian."

  • "This doctor really knows her stuff, and is very dedicated and enthusiastic to healing her patients."

    Susan D.
  • "Dr. Likver is a physician I trust and admire. Her commitment to continuing education regarding research and new approaches is inspiring. Thank you Dr. Likver!"

    Margaret C.
  • "The most important thing is her manner. Her interest in you as a person and your life is genuine and I am so grateful. All in all high marks all around."

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