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Knee Pain

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Walking, climbing, and jumping place a lot of stress on your knee joint. The daily stress placed on your knees makes them more susceptible to the injury and damage that cause knee pain. Marc Samson, MD, Tae Shin, MD, and the team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center located in Downtown Los Angeles, take a patient-focused approach to care. They use advanced tools and techniques to diagnose and treat knee pain. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Los Angeles, California, or request an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q&A

What is knee pain?

Knee pain may include any discomfort in or around your knees. The pain may be a dull achy sensation you feel all the time or after certain activities or a sharp and severe pain that happens suddenly after a bad fall or a poorly landed jump. 

In many cases, knee pain isn’t a serious health issue and might be something you can manage at home. However, you should schedule a consultation at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center if your knee pain affects your daily life or fails to improve with at-home care.

You should also seek expert help for any knee pain that occurs after a sports injury or accident. 

What are the common causes of knee pain?

Your knee is a large and complex joint. Knee pain may develop from any disease or damage to one or more of the components that make up your knee. 

Common causes of knee pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Strains or sprains
  • Dislocation
  • Bursitis
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Loose body
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Foot and ankle pain
  • Hip pain

Certain sports and occupations increase your risk of developing knee pain, such as downhill skiing and construction work. Carrying excess body weight also places extra stress and strain on your knees, which may cause knee pain. 

How is knee pain diagnosed?

When you visit Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center with concerns about knee pain, the team conducts a thorough evaluation so that you can get an accurate diagnosis.

During your exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your knee pain, including the type of pain you feel, when it started, and activities that worsen or lessen your pain. They also review your medical history and daily routine.

Your provider performs a physical exam, paying close attention to the knee, causing your discomfort. To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, your provider may order various diagnostic tests, such as lab work, X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. 

How is knee pain treated?

Your physician creates a personalized treatment plan for your knee pain based on your diagnosis, symptoms, daily activities, and medical history. 

Though the team at Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center is equipped with experienced orthopaedic surgeons, they begin conservative approaches to remedy knee pain. They may initially recommend:

  • Activity modification
  • Icing
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Viscosupplementation injections
  • Custom-made orthotics

If conservative measures fail to improve your knee pain, your orthopaedic surgeon may suggest surgery. 

For severely damaged or arthritic knee joints, Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center performs knee replacement surgery. The orthopaedic surgeons may also recommend surgery to repair an ACL tear or fix a complex fracture.

To schedule your knee pain evaluation, call Los Angeles Orthopaedic Center or book an appointment online today.