Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute
Orthopedic Surgeons located in Tuscaloosa, AL
Your knee is designed to withstand as much as five times your body weight. Due to the amount of force placed on your knee, knee pain from injury or disease is common. If you’re suffering from knee pain and it’s affecting the quality of your life, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Bryan King, MD, and his team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute can provide the care you need to relieve your discomfort. To schedule an evaluation, call the Northport, Alabama, office or book online today.
Knee Pain Q & A
What is knee pain?
Knee pain is a common complaint and refers to discomfort you experience in or around your knee. Your pain could be excruciating, making it difficult to walk, or it could be dull and ongoing. In either case, your discomfort could be due to a condition that’s affecting one of the parts of your knee and should be evaluated by the experts at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute.
What causes knee pain?
Your knee pain could be due to any number of things. The most common include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Torn meniscus
- Dislocated kneecap
- Loose bodies
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome
You’ll be at greater risk of developing knee pain if you’re overweight or obese or you participate in sports. Knee pain is also more common as you get older.
What can I expect during a knee pain evaluation?
The team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute does a thorough exam when you visit the office with concerns about knee pain. To identify the underlying cause, the team reviews your symptoms and medical history and evaluates your knee, testing mobility, strength, and function.
You might need X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound to confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
What treatments can relieve my knee pain?
Treatments to relieve your knee pain will depend on the underlying cause. The team develops individualized plans for each patient so you get the most effective relief from your pain.
Your treatment can include:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Physical therapy
- Changes in activity
- Knee injections
If you fail to get relief from your symptoms with conservative treatments, the team will then recommend knee surgery. The experienced team uses the most advanced tools and techniques, including arthroscopic surgery, to ensure you get the most effective treatment.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a laparoscope, a surgical camera used to evaluate your knee joint without the need for large incisions. If needed, repair of any damaged tissue can be done during arthroscopic surgery.
For severe knee arthritis, the team at Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute offers knee replacement surgery.
For an evaluation of your knee pain, call Tuscaloosa Orthopedic & Joint Institute or request an appointment online today.