Knee Pain - Frisco TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating various conditions causing knee pain. They use both surgical and non-surgical approaches to help patients find relief from pain.

Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common condition witnessed by people of all age groups.  It may occur due to sedentary lifestyle, prolonged sitting hours, heavy weight lifting, strenuous activities etc.  Depending on the severity, the condition may be classified as:

  • Acute knee pain: It occurs when there is sudden pain in the knee which can subside in a short time. The patient may find relief with non-surgical treatment
  • Chronic knee pain: This type of knee pain may take a longer time to recover and occurs due to severe structural damage to the joint. Surgical treatment may be required to heal the symptoms.

Risk factors For Knee Pain

  • Excess weight
  • Lack of muscle strength
  • Certain activities such as skiing, basketball, football etc.
  • Previous injuries
  • Aging

Causes Of Knee Pain

  • Fractures
  • Knee Bursitis
  • Patellar Tendinitis  
  • Overuse of knee muscles  
  • Sprains and strains
  • Gout
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Osteoarthritis

Symptoms Of Knee Pain

  • Swelling and stiffness in the knee
  • Redness and warmth around the affected area
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Inability to bend the knee
  • Weakness
  • Instability
  • Popping sensation

Diagnosis Of Knee Pain

During the physical examination, the doctor may look for apparent symptoms. He may ask the patient to move the leg in different directions to check the joint’s range of motion. Imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound, MRI etc. may be conducted to identify the cause of the condition. Blood tests may also be recommended if the pain occurs as a result of Gout or Arthritis.   

Treatment For Knee Pain

  • Rest: The patient may be advised to take sufficient rest and avoid vigorous activities such as running, jumping, swimming etc. that can strain the knee joint.    
  • Ice and heat therapy: Applying icepacks at frequent intervals may help to reduce swelling. Heat therapy may also prove to be beneficial in relieving the symptoms.
  • Elevation: The doctor may suggest keeping the knee elevated above the heart level. This may improve circulation and eliminate pain.
  • Compression: Wearing an elastic bandage may provide support to the knee and promote healing.
  • Medication: Anti-inflammatory non-steroidal medications may be prescribed by the doctor to ease pain and discomfort.
  • Physical Therapy: Certain exercises may be recommended to provide strength and increase flexibility of the knee joint.
  • Immobilization: Using a brace or splint may help to immobilize and stabilize the knee joint.         

Surgical Treatment

If non-surgical treatment fails to provide relief, surgery may be recommended.

  • Partial knee replacement surgery: The surgeon may make incisions in the joint to replace the damaged part of the knee with plastic or metal implants.
  • Total knee replacement surgery: In case of severe damage, the surgeon may replace the entire knee joint with an artificial one.  

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of knee pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.