Knee Pain Specialist

North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine

Orthopaedic Surgery located in Plano, TX & Fort Worth, TX

Your knee is a complex joint that endures 2-3 times your body weight with every step you take, making it highly susceptible to injury and pain. If you have knee pain, the experienced team at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine can determine the underlying cause of your discomfort and develop a treatment plan to relieve your pain. For an evaluation, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online. The practice has five convenient locations in Fort Worth, Duncanville, Allen, and the Dallas communities of South Hampton and Skillman.

Knee Pain Q & A

What are common causes of knee pain?

Your knee pain may develop from a number of causes ranging from an acute injury to a chronic medical condition. Common causes of knee pain include:

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear

The ACL is one of the major ligaments in your knee and connects your femur to your shinbone. You may be at risk of an ACL tear if you engage in activities that require a sudden change in directions or quick stops, such as basketball or football.

Arthritis

Arthritis refers to inflammation in the knee joint and is a common cause of knee pain as you get older. Osteoarthritis, which is a type of joint inflammation that develops due to the wearing away of the cartilage in between your bones, is the most common form of arthritis-related knee pain.

Bursitis

Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide an additional cushion in between the joints in your knee. An injury to the knee may lead to inflammation of the sacs and cause pain.

Torn meniscus

A sudden twisting motion of your knee can tear your meniscus, the cartilage that separates your shinbone from your thighbone.

Tendinitis

Tendinitis refers to inflammation of the tendons in your knee. You may develop knee tendinitis from overuse.

Knowing the underlying cause of your knee pain helps you get the most effective treatment.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

The team at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine conducts comprehensive examinations to determine the underlying cause of your knee pain. Your examination may include a review of your symptoms, evaluation of your knee, and diagnostic imaging.

What treatments can improve my knee pain?

Treatment for your knee pain may depend on the underlying cause. Your specialist at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine creates a personalized treatment plan aimed at reducing knee pain, improving function, and getting you back to doing the things you enjoy.

Your treatment plan may include:

  • The RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, such as an ACL tear, surgery may be needed to repair the damage and improve knee function and health.

Knee pain can affect your quality of life, but the team at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine have the skills to help you return to the functional level you desire. For a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.