Knee Pain

Anay R. Patel, MD

Hip and Knee Replacement Surgeon & Orthopedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Knee pain can result from causes such as underlying conditions, injuries, or repetitive trauma. Luckily, Anay Patel, MD, is well-versed in how to diagnose the root cause of knee pain and treat it effectively for patients in Houston, Texas. Whether it’s knee pain from a sports injury or an arthritic condition you’re dealing with. Dr. Patel uses state-of-the-art medicine to restore you to tiptop shape. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What are common causes of knee pain? 

Knee pain is incredibly common and can limit your ability to go to work, go to school, participate in fun recreational activities, or even simply walk around. Experiencing knee pain can also affect your other joints, such as your ankles and hips. 

Outside of sprains, strains, and tears, there are many different conditions that can cause knee pain, including: 

Runner’s knee

Runner's knee is also called patellofemoral pain syndrome. It refers to pain under and around your kneecap. As its name suggests, runner's knee is most common among runners, jumpers, and other athletes such as skiers, cyclists, and soccer players.

Jumper’s knee

Jumper's knee, also known as "patellar tendinitis" is marked by inflammation of the patellar tendon, which connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. This tendon helps in extension of the lower leg.

Knee arthritis

Arthritis refers to many different types of conditions where the joint surface or cartilage wears out. The joint surface is covered by a smooth surface that allows pain-free movement of your joints. Wear-and-tear to your knee joint is the most common cause of knee arthritis. 

When is medical intervention for knee pain necessary? 

If knee pain persists and keeps you from your normal routine for more than a week or so, it’s probably a good idea to seek medical intervention. Home remedies such as icing, rest, and pain medication often can lead to lasting pain relief. However, if that doesn’t happen, you may be suffering from a serious underlying condition that requires Dr. Patel’s expertise. 

What are the typical steps in diagnosing knee pain? 

First, Dr. Patel meets with you to discuss your symptoms, review your medical history, and perform a thorough physical examination. Dr. Patel may ask you questions about the onset of your knee pain and physical activities you engage in that might’ve caused your condition. 

Dr. Patel may also opt for imaging tests such as X-rays and other scans to better examine your knee joints. This helps with obtaining a more accurate diagnosis. 

How does typical knee pain treatment work? 

Dr. Patel considers the specifics of your diagnosis then works closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve your knee pain. He typically favors conservative measures, including physical therapy, pain medication management, rest, and icing. 

However, in more severe cases, he may explore more dedicated rehabilitation programs or even surgical methods. In the most serious cases of knee pain, such as advanced arthritis, knee replacement surgery may be the best course of action for long-term pain relief. 

To find out more, call the office or use the online scheduling tool today.