You don’t have to live with knee pain. There are many options for knee pain treatment, and our orthopedic specialists provide surgical and non-surgical knee pain treatments at The Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity.
Knee pain is a common condition that affects the lives of millions of people every day. Pain in the knee can range from mild with only minor discomfort, to severe with mobility greatly affected. Common causes for knee pain include ACL tears, dislocation, torn meniscus and tendinitis. If you experience constant or recurrent knee pain while walking, running or exercising, you may be referred to a knee pain specialist.
What are common knee injuries?
The knee is a complex joint with many working parts. It undergoes a lot of motion every day, and when it becomes injured, can greatly impede on mobility. Common knee injuries include:
- ACL injury
- Torn meniscus
- Knee bursitis
- Patellar tendinitis
- Tendon tears
- Collateral ligament injuries
- Iliotibial band syndrome
- Posterior cruciate ligament injuries
What are the signs of a bad knee?
Knee pain can affect your daily life. Knee pain can occur simply due to overuse of the joints. However, there are signs and symptoms of knee problems that can indicate a bigger problem, such as:
- Mild stiffness
- Minor swelling
- Popping sensation
- Temporary weakness
- Inability to fully straighten leg
If these issues worsen over time or do not improve through home treatments such as rest, icing and exercise, it is important to see an orthopedic specialist right away. If you cannot put any weight on your knee or have extreme swelling (especially with a fever), go to the emergency room.
What can an orthopedic surgeon do for knee pain?
Orthopedic surgeons can effectively reduce or minimize knee pain through a variety of different treatments and therapies. Despite their name, orthopedic surgeons specialize in non-operative treatments of musculoskeletal injuries, and will often only utilize surgical methods in extreme situations or when all other options have been exhausted. In addition to arthroscopic knee surgery and knee reconstruction surgery, orthopedic surgeons also use physical therapy and trigger point injections to treat knee pain.
When should I see an orthopedic surgeon for knee pain?
You should see an orthopedic surgeon if you have knee pain that lasts for longer than two weeks and doesn’t respond or improve with the use of at-home therapies, such as hot and cold treatments, stretching, elevating the injury and exercise. Once you make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon they can evaluate the injury and diagnose the problem. Complex injuries may require more extensive treatment. The orthopedic knee doctors at The Spine and Orthopedic Institute are experts in both surgical and non-surgical knee pain treatments and provide the highest level of care available. Trust the professionals at The Spine and Orthopedic Institute to treat your musculoskeletal injury. Regardless of the severity or area of injury, our orthopedic specialists can effectively evaluate, diagnose and treat a multitude of injuries and afflictions.
If you are experiencing knee pain that is negatively affecting your quality of life, request an appointment at The Spine and Orthopedic Institute at St. Vincent Charity! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating knee pain and can provide relief for your discomfort.
Located in Medina OH, we also serve patients from Middleburg Heights, Akron, Parma, and Wellington.