Arthritis most commonly causes knee pain, but injuries to the meniscus, ligaments, or ACL can also cause it. You might already have an idea of the cause of your pain.
You either recall a trauma followed by acute pain or you’ve been experiencing aches and pains and limited mobility for years and suspect arthritis. Whatever the cause, a doctor who specializes in orthopedic medicine is the right provider to see.
If you participate in extreme sports or sports that require quick, sudden stopping and turning, are over age 50, have a family history of arthritis, or are overweight/have a history of obesity, you may be at increased risk of one or more conditions that cause knee pain. You can reduce your risk by quitting smoking, losing weight, and exercising regularly.
Knee pain is diagnosed using information gathered through several means including your medical history and description of your pain, a physical examination, x-rays or MRIs, blood tests, and arthrocentesis (removal and testing of joint fluid).
Very few patients will need all of these diagnostic tests. Providers can sometimes identify the culprit based on your description of your symptoms and their medical examination alone, and then X-rays and blood work may not be required. These tests are only required when more information is needed.
Knee pain can be treated using medications, physical therapy, custom orthotics, injections, lifestyle changes, home remedies, or surgery. STAR Ortho provides state-of-the-art, FDA-approved surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for your convenience.
Drs. Sinha and Spencer at STAR Ortho specialize in complex cases that other providers have been unable to treat successfully. Consider consulting with STAR Ortho to get a second opinion and take steps toward a full recovery when possible.
Because there are risks inherent to surgery, Dr. Sinha and Dr. Spencer only recommend surgery when less-invasive methods can't treat your knee pain effectively. That ensures you get the best treatment possible with the least amount of risk.