Orthopaedic Associates, Inc
Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Joint Replacement Specialists located in Evansville, IN, Newburgh, IN, & Henderson, KY
Most of the activities you do on a daily basis, such as standing, walking, or climbing stairs, require the use of your knees. This daily stress takes its toll, which is why knee pain is a common complaint. Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, with five locations throughout Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky, understands how frustrating life can be with ongoing knee pain. The group of trusted experts offers many innovative treatments to ease your discomfort. To get relief from your knee pain, call the office in Henderson, Kentucky, or one of the offices in Newburgh or Evansville, Indiana, or book an appointment online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What is knee pain?
Many people experience knee pain at some point in their life. The type of pain you feel may depend on the cause. Your pain may be dull and achy after spending several hours standing or walking or sharp and severe following a bad fall.
While not all causes of knee pain need medical attention, if your knee pain is an ongoing problem or developed after an injury, schedule an appointment with the experts at Orthopaedic Associates, Inc.
Your knees are a large weight-bearing joint. Taking care of your knee pain right away may prevent more damage and chronic pain.
What causes knee pain?
You can develop knee pain after an injury, overuse, or general wear-and-tear from daily use of the mobile joint. Common causes of knee pain include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Osteoarthritis (wear-and-tear arthritis)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Articular cartilage injuries
- Collateral ligament tears
- Chondromalacia of patella (breakdown of the cartilage under the kneecap)
- Compartment syndrome
- Meniscus tears
- Muscle strain
- Tendon tears or ruptures
You may also develop knee pain if you have a problem with your other weight-bearing joints like your hips or ankles.
What happens during a knee pain evaluation?
Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, sees hundreds of patients every year seeking solutions and care for their knee pain. They conduct thorough examinations so that you get the right diagnosis and treatment plan.
During your knee pain evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms and the types of activities that make it worse. They examine your knees, assessing strength and mobility.
Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, has on-site diagnostic services, and your provider may request X-rays or orthopaedic ultrasonography exams to confirm or rule out the cause of your knee pain.
How is knee pain treated?
Your provider at Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, customizes your knee pain treatment plan based on the cause, severity of symptoms, and your usual activities. Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, takes a conservative approach to care, and initial treatment may include:
- Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
- Bracing or splinting
- Activity modification
- Physical therapy
- Joint injections
When conservative care fails to ease your joint pain, your provider may recommend surgery. For many conditions that affect the knee, like meniscus tears and articular cartilage injuries, the surgeons at Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, perform knee arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgery.
Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, also has physicians with joint replacement fellowship training who perform knee replacement surgery for severe arthritis.
Knee pain is common but not a symptom you should ignore. To get help for your knee pain, call Orthopaedic Associates, Inc, or book an appointment online today.
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