Effective Solutions for Knee Pain Relief

At least one in four adults suffers from knee pain severe enough to limit their movement and prevent them from enjoying their favorite activities. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Obi Osuji, MD, FAAOS, and his team at Signature Orthopedics in Mesquite, Texas, provide individualized care. They carefully treat the source of your pain while preserving the knee’s function. Don’t wait for knee pain to become a chronic problem. Call Signature Orthopedics today or connect online to request an appointment.

Knee Pain Q&A

Your knees bear an incredible amount of stress. They absorb the shock when your feet hit the ground, carry all your body weight, and keep repeating the same movement.

Athletic activities add an extra layer of stress, increasing your risk of developing painful knee problems. However, everyone is vulnerable to knee pain caused by everyday stress.

The top causes of knee pain are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Joint dislocations
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Bone infections
  • Knee fractures
  • Runner’s knee

Dr. Osuji and his Signature Orthopedics team focus on treating the source of the problem, helping your knee heal and easing your pain while restoring the knee’s function.

If you have knee pain, there’s a good chance you have other symptoms, including one or more of the following:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Stiffness
  • Bruising
  • Limited movement
  • Clicking or popping
  • Locked knee joint
  • Inability to put weight on the knee
  • Joint instability (feeling as if your knee might give out)

Knee pain accompanied by swelling and bruising or that doesn’t improve in a few days needs expert care from the Signature Orthopedics team. Some injuries will cause chronic instability and/or ongoing tissue damage without prompt treatment.

After completing a physical exam and taking X-rays or other diagnostic images, Dr. Osuji creates a treatment plan that begins with the most appropriate conservative care. Conservative treatments include:

  • Resting your knee
  • Immobilizing your knee with a brace
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Participating in physical therapy
  • Getting a steroid or hyaluronic acid injection

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses platelets, your body’s natural healing cells, to help tissues heal and reduce inflammation.

Dr. Osuji usually waits until after conservative treatment to consider surgery. But some knee conditions will require prompt surgical care.

For example, a torn ligament needs reconstructive surgery to restore its strength. Meniscus tears might need surgery if the injury affects the part of the meniscus lacking a blood supply.

Dr. Osuji performs total knee replacements when arthritis has so damaged the joint that no other treatment can ease your pain or improve mobility.

During a total knee replacement, Dr. Osuji removes the damaged tissues, restructures the bones, and implants artificial joint replacements that function like your original joint.

Request an appointment online today or call Signature Orthopedics to get relief from your knee pain.