As the largest joint in your body, the knee is prone to many problems that cause pain. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons Michael Burris, MD, and Omar Akhtar, MD, diagnose and treat all types of knee pain at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. If knee pain interferes with your daily activities, call or book an appointment online today.
Your knees are large and complex joints that allow you to walk, run, and climb stairs. Knees are also prone to a variety of injuries, such as cartilage or ligament tears. Your knees are also a common site for arthritis to develop.
Several factors can increase your risk of developing knee pain, such as:
Certain sports and activities that put stress on your knees, such as basketball, skiing, and running, also increase your risk of knee pain.
Your knee joint contains cartilage, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Many common injuries damage these structures, including:
In addition to injuries, the knee is susceptible to chronic (long-lasting) pain from various forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
If your knee pain results from acute trauma, such as a fall or car accident, you should schedule an appointment at Capital City Orthopaedics as soon as possible. Signs that your knee pain requires prompt medical care include:
Dr. Burris or Dr. Akhtar recommends the best course of treatment based on factors such as the severity of your knee injury and your fitness level.
First, Dr. Burris or Dr. Akhtar performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. They may also take diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray or MRI.
Then, they create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific knee condition. Depending on your needs, treatment may include:
Many serious knee injuries and advanced cases of arthritis require surgery to restore function in your leg. Dr. Burris and Dr. Akhtar are highly skilled orthopedic surgeons who specialize in ACL reconstruction and knee replacement procedures, respectively.
If you have knee pain, call Capital City Orthopaedics or book an appointment online today.