Your knees are strong but also vulnerable to wear-and-tear and injury. LA Orthopaedic Specialists in Downtown Los Angeles, California, offers expert diagnosis and treatments for knee pain, including knee joint replacement. Call LA Orthopaedic Specialists or schedule a consultation online today if you have knee pain that’s interfering with your life.

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What causes knee pain?

Your knees are essential to your ability to walk, run, stand, and even get out of bed. When you have knee pain, it can quickly interfere with your mobility and your quality of life. Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Effusion (swelling)
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Torn ligaments
  • Fractures (patella, tibia, femur)
  • Bone tumors

Your risk of knee pain increases with age and if you’re overweight. You might also have an increased risk of knee pain if you have a physically demanding job or if you have a sedentary lifestyle. 

When should I talk to an orthopaedist about knee pain?

You should make an appointment at LA Orthopaedic Specialists if you sustained an acute knee injury while playing sports or during an automobile accident. If you have sore knees without an apparent cause, you can try at-home treatments like rest, ice, and over-the-counter medicine. 

However, if your knee pain doesn’t start to go away within a couple of days or if it gets worse, visit LA Orthopaedic Specialists for expert diagnosis and treatment.  

How is the cause of knee pain diagnosed?

LA Orthopaedic Specialists provides comprehensive exams to evaluate your knee pain and diagnose the condition causing it. 

During an exam, your doctor reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. They also ask about any potential injuries that could contribute to your pain. 

Your doctor also uses diagnostic imaging studies like X-rays and MRIs to study the inside of your knee. When necessary, they might recommend knee arthroscopy to get a clear look at the inside of your knee. 

How is knee pain treated?

LA Orthopaedic Specialists offers personalized treatment plans, tailored to address your specific needs. Depending on your condition, your doctor might recommend anti-inflammatory medication, joint aspiration, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, or physical therapy.

In some cases, you might benefit from wearing a brace in addition to physical therapy to provide additional support to your knee. 

In more severe cases, your doctor might suggest knee arthroscopy or another surgical procedure to repair or replace damaged tissue in your knee, including cartilage, ligaments, and bone. 

If you have knee pain that’s disrupting your life, call LA Orthopaedic Specialists or make an appointment online today.