Knee pain can be caused by sudden injuries received while playing sports or participating in other activities that put a strain on your knees, such as jumping or falling. Sports that involve a lot of turning — like football, tennis, and skiing — have a particularly high risk for knee injuries. Other times, knee pain is caused by overuse or by an underlying condition like arthritis.
The most common knee injuries include fractures around the knee, dislocation, and sprains and tears of soft tissues. In many instances, knee injuries involve more than one structure in the knee.
Some common knee injuries include:
Your orthopedic knee specialist may determine that your injury or disorder can be best treated without surgery. Some injuries that are most commonly treated without surgery are sprains, strains, bruises, and some stable fractures.
Some nonsurgical treatments for knee injuries include:
Knee replacement surgery is performed when more conservative approaches, like physical therapy, medication, and injections, have failed to provide adequate relief. If you experience severe pain or stiffness that impedes everyday activities or suffer from chronic pain and swelling, you should talk to an orthopedic knee specialist at Greater Austin Orthopaedics about the possibility of knee replacement surgery.
Surgery is often used to repair joints that have been damaged by either degenerative conditions, like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, or by traumatic injuries, like car accident injuries or sports injuries. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of degenerative changes that require surgery to repair. Knee replacement surgery replaces the ends of worn bones with artificial components designed to improve range of motion and eliminate pain.
If you’ve had an injury or have been experiencing pain, weakness, numbness, stiffness, swelling, or instability in your knee, contact Greater Austin Orthopaedics to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic knee specialist, or request an appointment online.