Knee Pain Specialist

Capital City Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Austin, TX

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.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

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:

  • Carrying excess body weight
  • Having tight or weak muscles around the knee
  • Having a previous knee injury

Certain sports and activities that put stress on your knees, such as basketball, skiing, and running, also increase your risk of knee pain.

What are common knee injuries?

Your knee joint contains cartilage, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Many common injuries damage these structures, including:

  • Bone fractures
  • Knee dislocation
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
  • Collateral ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Knee bursitis
  • Patellar tendinitis
  • Loose bone or cartilage in the knee

In addition to injuries, the knee is susceptible to chronic (long-lasting) pain from various forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

When should I see a doctor for knee pain?

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:

  • Hearing a popping noise at the time of injury
  • Feeling your knee give out
  • Severe knee pain and swelling
  • Inability to bear weight on the knee

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.

How do you diagnose and treat knee pain?

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:

  • Immobilization in a brace or cast
  • Medications to reduce pain and swelling
  • Physical therapy

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.