Knee Pain Specialist

Congress Orthopaedic Associates -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Congress Orthopaedic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA & Arcadia, CA

Your knees endure such extensive daily stress that they’re highly susceptible to injuries, overuse, and degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis that cause debilitating knee pain. The board-certified physicians at Congress Orthopaedic Associates have extensive experience diagnosing the cause of your pain, providing customized treatment, and rehabilitating your knee so you can get back into action. If you need help for knee pain, call the office in Pasadena or Arcadia, California, or schedule an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Sport injuries, one of the top causes of knee pain, typically occur when you take a direct hit to your knee, twist the joint, or pull a ligament. Your knee also withstands repetitive movement while bearing the weight of your upper body. As a result, many people end up with an overuse injury.

Congress Orthopaedic Associates frequently treat knee pain caused by:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • ACL tears (and other knee ligaments)
  • Meniscus tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Knee dislocations
  • Runner’s knee

 

Problems in your foot and ankle can also cause knee pain. A foot condition may change your gait or throw your knee out of alignment, placing extra stress on your knee.

What other symptoms accompany knee pain?

The injuries and conditions that cause knee pain often cause other symptoms, including:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness and limited movement
  • Clicking or popping in the joint
  • Locked knee joint
  • Inability to straighten your knee

 

You may not be able to bear weight on the knee, or the joint may feel like it will give out.

How is knee pain treated?

Your treatment depends on the cause of your knee pain. If you have a ruptured ligament, torn meniscus, or fracture, you may need prompt surgery to properly repair the tissues. Otherwise, treatment begins with avoiding activities that put stress on the knee and one or more of the following:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bracing and other knee support
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics

Physical therapy begins as soon as possible. At the start, you may follow a gentle regimen that eases pain, promotes healing, and reduces swelling. As your knee heals, your therapeutic exercises focus on strengthening and restoring movement.

Athletes who plan to return to competitive sports receive sport-specific rehabilitation. In addition to retraining your knee for your sport, your provider may adjust your training regimen to prevent future knee problems.

What type of surgery relieves knee pain?

If you need surgery, your provider explains the procedure, how it will help your knee, and what to expect during your recovery. Congress Orthopaedic Associates performs many types of minimally invasive procedures in their state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgery center in Pasadena, California.

The type of surgery you need depends on your diagnosis. Your provider may perform arthroscopy to remove damaged cartilage, clean out inflamed tissues, realign tendons, or reconstruct ligaments. Patients with advanced arthritis typically need joint replacement surgery.

If you need experienced care for knee pain, all Congress Orthopaedic Associates or schedule an appointment online today.