About 25% of adults complain of knee pain. The pain can be a result of arthritis, injury, or overuse. Luckily, Michael Calfee, MD, and Paxton Sisson, PA-C, of Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Union City and Dyersburg, Tennessee, have the expertise to diagnose and customize treatment for your knee pain, so you get relief. Call the most convenient office today or use this website to set up your appointment online.
The knee is a major joint where muscles, bones, and connective tissue meet up. Because of the complexity of the knee’s design, it’s vulnerable to many types of injuries and ailments.
Knee pain can result from an immediate injury, like a fall, car wreck, or sports incident. But, knee pain can also develop overtime due to overuse or degeneration. Pain may result due to broken bones, dislocations, or soft tissue damage.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain are:
Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
Sprains and strains
Bursitis or tendinitis
The team at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine evaluate your symptoms and do a thorough physical exam to determine the cause of your injury. They may also order imaging tests, like an X-ray or MRI, to get a better picture of what’s going on inside the joint.
Acute knee pain can often resolve on its own with RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Knee pain that persists for several days and doesn’t improve, benefits from a visit to Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
Knee pain that develops overtime or that hurts when you do activities like going up and down stairs, getting out of the car, or walking also needs evaluation. You should also consult an orthopedist for any knee pain that keeps you from doing the activities you enjoy.
You need immediate medical help for your knee if:
Knee pain that’s accompanied by significant swelling, redness, or warmth around the joint definitely needs medical attention.
The orthopedic specialists at Advanced Orthopedics & Sports injury customize your treatment plan according to your diagnosis. In some cases, rest, physical therapy, and movement modifications are enough to get you relief. In other cases, you may require more intensive interventions.
Your provider may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, and lubricating injections to ease knee pain. These treatments can delay more invasive treatments.
If your knee has degenerated because of arthritis or a ligament is torn, you may require surgery. Your surgery may involve a soft tissue repair, joint replacement, or removal of inflamed tissue.
Don’t just ignore knee pain; it’s unlikely to go away on its own. Call Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to set up an evaluation. Alternatively, book using the online tool on this website.