Knee Pain

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Orthopedic Center of Arlington

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Arlington, TX

You use your knees every day, so when knee pain strikes, it can severely disrupt your life. Board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Bruce Prager, MD, diagnoses the cause of your knee pain and provides state-of-the-art treatments at the Orthopedic Center of Arlington. If you have debilitating knee pain and live in or around Arlington, Texas, call Dr. Prager or schedule a consultation online today.

Knee Pain

What are the common causes of knee pain?

Your knees are vulnerable to a wide range of degenerative conditions and overuse and acute injuries. Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Ligament strains and sprains
  • Cartilage tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation 
  • Fractures 

Your risk of knee pain increases if you’re overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have a career or hobby that puts increased stress on your knees. 

For example, athletes put significant strain on their knees, which can lead to overuse injuries and increase their chances of an acute injury like an ACL tear. 

On the other hand, not getting enough physical activity leads to weakness and stiffness in your knees, which can raise your chances of an injury. 

When should I talk to a doctor about knee pain?

You should contact Dr. Prager if you have knee pain that limits your mobility or if your knee is extremely swollen, bruised, or has other signs of deformity. You should also seek immediate care if you sustain a severe knee injury. 

You can try to manage mild knee pain at home with rest, ice, and over-the-counter medication. However, if your pain persists or worsens, you should make an appointment at Orthopedic Center of Arlington. 

How do you diagnose the cause of my knee pain?

Dr. Prager provides thorough exams, including diagnostic tests, to identify the cause of your knee pain. For example, he might use X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans to evaluate your knee. Dr. Prager might also perform arthroscopy to examine the inside of your joint. 

During your exam, Dr. Prager tests your knee's flexibility and strength and determines how your injury limits your mobility. 

How do you treat knee pain?

Dr. Prager usually begins knee treatment conservatively with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cortisone injections, bracing, and therapeutic exercises and stretches. He also provides lubricating knee injections and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. 

When conservative methods aren’t effective, Dr. Prager offers surgical knee repair. He uses minimally invasive surgical techniques like arthroscopy whenever possible. 

Following knee surgery, you have physical therapy to preserve and then increase strength and flexibility in your knee. 

Don’t ignore knee pain. Call Orthopedic Center of Arlington or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.