Knee pain could indicate a minor injury or a more serious problem. At Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, with locations in San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas, the board-certified orthopedic specialists find the root cause of knee pain and treat it to help you feel more comfortable. Call the nearest office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Your knee joint connects your upper and lower leg bones. It’s made up of ligaments, bones, muscles, tendons, and cartilage. Knee pain could feel like:
The pain might be mild or severe. It may prevent you from staying active or completing simple everyday tasks. See the Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team at the first sign of a problem.
Knee pain is common and can happen to anyone, but the following factors increase your risk of experiencing it:
You might injure your knee working at a physically demanding job, falling down, playing sports, or being in a car accident.
Maintaining a healthy weight, adopting healthy habits, and training properly for sports can reduce the risk of knee problems and pain. Wearing comfortable shoes helps too.
To find the cause of knee pain, providers at Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine discuss your symptoms and medical history with you. They check your vital signs and examine your knee joints. Providers could recommend MRIs, X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, or other imaging procedures, as well as blood tests, to diagnose your condition and treat it properly.
The Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team tailors each knee pain treatment to your needs, preferences, and lifestyle. They could recommend:
Ice, rest, elevation, compression, and wearing a brace are things you can do at home to reduce knee discomfort.
Taking medications can reduce pain, inflammation, or other underlying causes of knee pain.
You might need hyaluronic acid injections to lubricate your knee joint, steroid injections to reduce inflammation, or an anesthetic to relieve pain. Stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections enhance your body’s natural ability to regenerate cells and heal.
Physical therapy improves strength and flexibility, thereby reducing the risk of future knee problems. It also helps you recover after joint surgery.
Joint repair, tissue removal, and partial or total joint replacement are surgeries that can restore joint function and relieve ongoing discomfort.
To find out what’s causing knee pain and get treated for it, call the nearest Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine office, or book an appointment online today.