Day in and day out, you rely on your knees to get you around. When your knees start to hurt, life can come to a halt quickly. Knee pain can stem from a wide range of causes, so it's critical that you get an accurate diagnosis before trying to treat the pain. The orthopedics team at Crescent City Orthopedics in Metairie, Louisiana, uses industry-leading diagnostics to get to the bottom of your knee pain, helping you find a solution that brings true relief.
Knee pain has many potential causes. Some common causes include:
For people age 40 and older who have no known injury, osteoarthritis is the most common cause of knee pain.
When the cartilage in the knee breaks down, the bone underneath, which is filled with nerves, becomes exposed, causing pain and stiffness. For athletes, the most common types of knee pain include ACL injuries, overuse injuries, and meniscus injuries.
Runner’s knee refers to overuse disorders and injuries to an athlete's knee, such as IT band syndrome or patellofemoral pain syndrome, which are common among athletes. This type of pain is typically felt behind or around the kneecap and worsens with bending of the knee or walking downstairs.
Because knee pain has several potential causes, Crescent City Orthopedics strives to pinpoint the cause before suggesting treatment. Diagnostic tools the practice uses include:
The results of these scans help the doctors at Crescent City Orthopedics find the best treatment option to reduce knee pain and improve your quality of life.
Crescent City Orthopedics has several surgeons who are knee pain specialists. After reviewing your test results, your doctor will create a treatment plan to address the specific source of your knee pain. That plan may include medication, bracing or casting, physical therapy, and rest.
For severe problems, such as bone degeneration from osteoarthritis, tears to the ACL or meniscus, or severely broken bones, minimally invasive surgery or complete knee replacement is an option. With computer-assisted surgery options, Crescent City Orthopedics offers better results and minimal recovery times, even for knee surgery.
With a thorough evaluation and the care of knee pain experts, you can rid yourself of this pain and move forward with life again. Give Crescent City Orthopedics a call to discuss your knee pain.