The knee is a complicated joint often prone to arthritis, injuries, and other types of pain. Knee pain can significantly affect your quality of life. If your knee problems limit your activities, interfere with your everyday tasks, or cause significant pain, it may be time to talk to a specialist. Using the most advanced imaging, nonsurgical, and surgical technologies and procedures , the expert knee doctors at EmergeOrtho evaluate, diagnose, and treat a range of injuries and conditions that can cause knee pain.

Common Causes of Knee Pain

There are many potential causes of knee pain. Knee osteoarthritis is very common, and can cause significant knee pain while other knee injuries and conditions can too. EmergeOrtho’s knee doctors are experienced in the most advanced treatments for knee joint pain caused by a variety of injuries and conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury
  • Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) injury
  • Patellar instability
  • Tendinitis
  • Dislocation
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Fractures
  • Broken kneecap
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage injury
  • Stress fracture
  • Walking (gait) abnormalities

When You Should See a Knee Doctor

Knee pain is so common that many people just grin and bear it. This may be easier, but it can often lead to more pain or worse—long-lasting damage. You should begin to seek care before the pain interferes with your quality of life, as this could help prevent surgery and the risk of serious damage. Seeking treatment at any point in your knee pain journey is essential. Some of the critical signs that you need an orthopedic doctor for knee pain include:

  • Not being able to put weight on your knee
  • Your knee feels unstable
  • Feeling pain in the knee, even when stationary
  • Not being able to fully extend the knee joint
  • The appearance of a deformity or significant swelling in the knee
  • Have a fever along with knee pain, swelling, or redness
  • The failure of home care to bring relief
  • Being forced to give up activities you enjoy because of knee pain
  • Not being able to do ordinary, daily tasks because of pain

A knee doctor is examining and treating a patient’s injury in an orthopedic clinic.Treatments for Knee Pain and Injuries

Knee pain does not have to be something you just live with. Our expert knee doctors offer a range of treatment options. They typically begin with nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, the use of wearable assistive devices, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

When nonsurgical interventions fail to provide relief or resolve symptoms, our knee surgeons may recommend surgical procedures such as:

  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Robotically assisted knee replacement
  • Torn meniscus surgery
  • MAKOplasty l knee resurfacing
  • Knee osteotomies
  • Operative fixation for knee fractures
  • Joint replacement

Our board-certified and fellowship-trained knee specialists have decades of experience performing various knee surgeries and procedures. EmergeOrtho is committed to providing quality orthopedic care at every stage of your knee treatment. When you are ready to tackle your knee pain, you can request an appointment to see how EmergeOrtho may be able to help you Emerge Stronger. Healthier. Better.

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