The knee is one of the strongest and most important joints in your body, so when there’s an issue, it can have a very large impact on your ability to function normally. At Urgently Ortho, orthopedic knee specialists, like Ephraim Dickinson, MD and Breiana Brady, PA-C, can diagnose the cause of your knee pain and recommend a treatment plan that will get you back to pain-free movement as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing knee pain, call the office in San Francisco or book an appointment online to get started.
If you consider all that your knees are responsible for, from movement to support, it’s no wonder that knee injuries or knee joint pain are fairly common. Knee pain can be caused by a sports injury, especially those sports that involve jumping or carry a greater risk of falling. As well, sports that involve a lot of turning — like football, tennis, soccer, and skiing — have a particularly high risk for knee injuries.
Outside of acute injury, knee pain is also caused by overuse or by an underlying condition, like arthritis. Right or left knee pain is indicative of an injury, whereas pain in both knees is symptomatic of a degenerative condition.
The most common knee injuries include fractures around the knee, dislocation, and sprains and tears of soft tissues. In many instances, knee injuries involve more than one structure in the knee.
Some common leg pain causes include:
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee that stabilizes the joint and helps cushion it from impact and concussive injuries. The meniscus is one of the most commonly affected tissues in the knee, being susceptible to tearing if the knee joint gets twisted during physical activities. A torn meniscus causes swelling and stiffness in the affected knee, but may not be painful until the cartilage becomes inflamed.
Your orthopedic knee specialist may determine that your injury or disorder can be best treated without surgery.
Most nonsurgical treatments for knee injuries include:
Knee arthroscopy is a form of keyhole surgery that uses a small incision in the knee to pass a miniaturized camera, called an arthroscope, into the joint. Your surgeon uses the arthroscope to diagnose the cause of your knee pain, and can also perform corrective procedures at the same time using instruments contained within the arthroscope.
Arthroscopy is used to diagnose knee problems, including a torn meniscus or misaligned patella as well as to repair joint ligaments.
At Urgently Ortho, Dr. Dickinson may recommend knee replacement surgery when more conservative approaches, like physical therapy, medication, bracing, and injections, have failed to provide you with adequate relief.
Your specialist only turns to surgery to repair joints that have been damaged by degenerative conditions, like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or as a result of a traumatic injury. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of degenerative changes where surgery may be the best option. Knee replacement surgery replaces the ends of worn bones with artificial components designed to improve range of motion and eliminate pain.
If you’ve had an injury on the ski slopes or when playing sports, or have been experiencing pain, weakness, numbness, stiffness, swelling, or instability in your knee, contact Urgently Ortho to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic knee specialist or use the online booking tool.
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