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Knee Pain

Center for Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Lake Charles, LA & Moss Bluff, LA

Researchers estimate that 25% of adults regularly experience knee pain. If you suffer from knee pain and it prevents you from working, exercising, or engaging in other activities, it’s necessary to determine its underlying cause. At the Center for Orthopaedics, the experienced orthopedic surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating knee pain. Call the office today or schedule online to make an appointment at the practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

Knee pain is any stiffness or swelling that affects one or both of your knees. It’s a common problem that’s usually the result of physical activities like playing sports, gardening, or lifting weights.

Knee pain usually isn’t something to worry about. If your pain doesn’t respond to at-home treatments or gets worse, make an appointment at the Center for Orthopaedics.

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Meniscus tears
  • Bone tumors
  • Torn ligaments

You can also experience knee pain when the synovium (the fluid that lubricates your joints) builds up behind your knee. This is called a Baker’s cyst.

Who is at risk of experiencing knee pain?

Anyone can experience knee pain, but several things increase your risk. These include being overweight, being middle-aged or older, and living a physically active life. You’re also more likely to feel knee pain if you’ve suffered an injury in the past, like a fractured knee cap or a dislocated joint.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Your Center for Orthopaedics provider reviews your medical history and asks you about your symptoms to diagnose knee pain. They examine your knee, looking for signs of swelling, redness, or bruising. Your provider gently presses on your knee and evaluates its strength and range of motion.

If these steps don’t provide enough information to help them figure out what’s causing your pain, your provider will then order X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These diagnostic imaging techniques provide high-quality photos of the hard and soft tissues inside your knee.

How is knee pain treated?

At the Center for Orthopaedics, the leading knee doctors provide precise and thorough care necessary to help you heal completely and correctly. Whenever possible, they use nonsurgical knee treatments to provide relief. For example, you might benefit from physical therapy, custom orthotics, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.

If your pain still gets worse or doesn’t improve, surgery would be needed. The orthopedic specialists provide personalized treatments that use state-of-the-art equipment and the latest, evidence-based techniques.

Depending on what’s causing your pain, they might recommend:

  • ACL repair
  • Meniscus repair
  • Knee fracture surgery
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Total knee replacement surgery
  • MAKO® SmartRobotic™ knee surgery (total or partial knee replacement)
  • Knee revision surgery

Book an appointment at the Center for Orthopaedics to receive treatment for chronic knee pain. Call the office today or use the online scheduling feature.