At Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our specialty-trained knee doctors are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for a variety of knee injuries and conditions.
Knee pain can be caused by any number of factors, from regular injuries to chronic conditions, such as arthritis or gout. No matter the cause of your knee pain, living with it can hinder your lifestyle. The good news is that when you have pain in your knee, a trip to a local knee doctor can bring relief, whether through surgery or physical therapy.
What Do Knee Doctors Treat?
Doctors who specialize in the knee treat a variety of different ailments. Some of these are the result of acute injury, including sports injuries. Others stem from medical complications. Knee pain varies not only in its cause but also its severity. Some patients will feel pain localized to a small part of the knee; others will feel pain throughout the entire knee.
When you visit a knee doctor, you'll typically have a brief physical examination, which may be accompanied by imaging, such as an X-ray. These evaluations help the doctor to determine the cause of your knee pain and the best form of treatment. It is not uncommon for orthopedic surgeons and knee specialists to use an arthroscope to look inside your knee joint to determine the right course of action.
Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:
- Broken bones or sprains, perhaps due to sports-related accidents
- Knee arthritis, or osteoarthritis of the knee
- Meniscus tears
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Other knee conditions that cause pain or restricted movement
When Is It Time to Consider Knee Surgery?
In some cases, a primary care doctor may be able to diagnose and treat your knee pain, but in most instances, it's best to speak with surgeons who specialize in the treatment of the joints, ligaments, and cartilage. In particular, you should visit with trained and certified knee surgeons when you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty walking up or down stairs
- Limping or physical discomfort
- Redness or swelling in or around your knees
- Trouble bending your knees
- Trouble extending your knees
What Are the Most Common Treatments for Knee Pain?
When you visit a doctor who specializes in knee pain, you will be given a treatment recommendation that corresponds to the nature and extent of your knee injury. The treatment method could be as minor as physical therapy or as major as a total knee replacement.
One common form of treatment is arthroplasty, which essentially means replacement of all or part of the knee joint. Total or partial joint replacement can be an especially effective means of treatment for those who deal with arthritis. ACL reconstruction is also a common surgical treatment.
What Is the Recovery Time for a Knee Replacement?
The most extensive form of knee treatment is knee replacement surgery or knee arthroplasty. This treatment is usually recommended for those patients whose knees have been deformed due to chronic conditions such as osteoporosis or arthritis.
Knee replacement surgery comes in different forms; depending on the extent of the deformity, you may require either partial knee replacement or total knee replacement. During the procedure itself, you will be administered anesthesia, ensuring that you are pain-free. Recovery from a knee replacement surgery can last for roughly six weeks and typically requires physical therapy. Pain medications can also be administered as needed.
If you deal with knee pain or limited motion, it's important to visit with a surgeon as soon as possible. Learn more about the possibilities of evidence-based knee treatments by contacting a knee doctor today.
The Region's Most Comprehensive Knee Care
At the Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, our experienced doctors and staff are proud to offer exceptional orthopedic care to people throughout the communities of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Our doctors are available at our office in St. Joseph, Missouri, as well as at the Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri, the Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, Missouri, the Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and the Hiawatha Community Hospital in Hiawatha, Kansas.
Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Daniel Smith, Dr. William Humphreys, Dr. Brett Miller, Dr. Corey Trease, Dr. Brian Duncan, and Dr. Blake Peterson, have years of experience in treating patients with a variety of knee injuries or conditions. Our orthopedic knee surgeons have the knowledge and skills to perform a thorough evaluation and provide an accurate diagnosis and viable treatment options. Conservative methods will always be recommended first, but there are some cases when knee surgery is required to help eliminate pain and restore proper function.
If a knee injury or condition is keeping you from living the life you love, schedule an appointment with one of our specialty-trained knee surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling (816) 233-9888.
For those urgent injuries that require immediate attention and can't wait for an appointment, visit our OSMC Today Walk-In Clinic.