Knee pain is the most common orthopedic complaint. Knees are responsible for a wide range of functional motions and support. The knee joint supports nearly the entire weight of the body and is made up of three bones, the tibia, femur, and patella.
The knee specialists at New Mexico Orthopaedics, alongside our physical therapy team, can help you address your symptoms and create a treatment plan to minimize pain and long-term damage to the joint.
COMMON SYMPTOMS & CONDITIONS
The knee is commonly affected by wear and tear, injury, inflammation, and diseases such as osteoarthritis. The cartilage between these bones keeps these bones from painfully rubbing against one another. Over time, degeneration of knee cartilage can occur, leading to knee pain. Common knee problems include pain during motion, swelling, popping, grinding, and weakness are typically caused by:
- Strains or tears in the ligaments and tendons
- Knee fracture
- Patellar dislocation
- Inflammation in the joint
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
Diagnosis & Treatment
If you are experiencing knee pain, it is essential to be seen by a knee specialist for a proper diagnosis. With the help of medical imaging, including X-rays and MRIs, our specialists can determine the underlying cause of pain and create a treatment plan.
Noninvasive procedures such as hot and cold therapy, arthrocentesis to remove fluid from around the knee, or knee injections can alleviate pain without surgery. Anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce inflammation and swelling and improve the source of knee pain. With our team of knee specialists working towards the same goal of providing healing for your injury, you are in for a fast and full recovery. When medically necessary, our team of orthopedic surgeons can provide surgical treatments you need, including:
- Physical therapy
- Knee replacement