The amount of force placed on your knee with every step you take can be up to five times your body weight. That’s a lot of weight to carry for one joint, which is why your knee is susceptible to injury and pain. Allan M. Delman, M.D., in San Pedro, California, is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint conditions and can identify the underlying cause of your knee pain and provide the most effective treatment. For a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Knee pain is very common and can occur in people of all ages. The pain may result from an acute injury or develop from an underlying degenerative condition that affects the various components of your knee.
The pain you experience can also vary depending on the underlying cause. You may experience a sharp pain or a dull ache, and your knee may also feel stiff or unstable. While you might be able to nurse an acute injury with rest and ice, if your pain persists or is so bad that you can’t bear weight on the affected knee, contact Dr. Delman for an evaluation.
Your knee is comprised of many components, including bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The pain you experience may be due to an injury to any one of these components. Common causes of knee pain include:
Knee pain can also develop if you have issues related to your ankle or hip.
Dr. Delman is an experienced orthopedic physician and conducts comprehensive examinations when you come in with complaints of knee pain. The goal of the examination is to identify the root cause of your pain so he can provide the most targeted treatment.
During your examination, Dr. Delman reviews your symptoms and medical history. He also conducts a physical exam, paying close attention to the mobility and function in your knee. To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, Dr. Delman may recommend diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound.
Treatment for your knee pain depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Delman creates an individualized treatment plan based on your specific health needs. Though Dr. Delman is an experienced surgeon, he may initially take a conservative approach to the management of your knee pain and recommend physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medication.
Dr. Delman is an innovative physician and also offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a form of regenerative medicine that may be used to help heal your injured tissue. He provides hyaluronic acid injections for knee pain caused by arthritis as well.
Should surgery be necessary, rest assured you’re in good hands. Some of Dr. Delman’s specialties include knee replacement, meniscus surgery, and arthroscopic surgery for repair of an ACL tear.
For management of your knee pain from an experienced orthopedic surgeon, call Allan Delman, M.D., or request an appointment online today.