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Knee Pain Specialist

Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports

Spine Surgeons & Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons located in Austin, TX

Millions of Americans suffer from knee pain, which is sometimes bad enough to impair their mobility and quality of life. At Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports in Austin, Texas, Scott Spann, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for knee pain. With customized care, Dr. Spann can reduce your pain and help you get back to your regular activities. Call Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports or schedule a consultation online today for expert treatment for knee pain.

Knee Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of knee pain?

Your knees absorb at least 1½ times your body weight with every step you take, more if you’re running or climbing stairs. While your knees are strong, this daily wear and tear can lead to injury and contribute to painful degenerative conditions. Some of the common causes of knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament tears
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Dislocated patella
  • Cartilage damage

Your risk of knee pain increases if you’re overweight, have a physically demanding career, or use poor form during physical activity. Athletes are also more likely to sustain knee injuries because of the increased stress and wear-and-tear on their knees caused by training and competing in sports. 

When should I talk to a doctor about my knee pain?

You should never ignore knee pain, especially if it interferes with your mobility. Some of the signs that you should talk to Dr. Spann about your knee pain include:

  • Can’t fully extend or flex your knee
  • Significant swelling
  • Pain that limits your mobility
  • Visible deformity
  • Popping sound at the time of injury
  • Can’t put weight on your knee

Additionally, if you have mild to moderate pain without other symptoms, you can try to rest your knee at home and use ice packs or over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to reduce your pain. However, if your knee pain doesn’t go away within a few days of rest, contact Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports for treatment.

How is the cause of knee pain diagnosed?

Dr. Spann provides thorough exams to diagnose the injury or condition causing your knee pain. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, he checks your knee for signs of inflammation, tenderness, or deformities. He might ask you to walk around the office or try to bend or extend your knee. 

Dr. Spann also uses diagnostic imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans to examine your knee and the surrounding tissues. He might recommend arthroscopy, a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure, to look at the inside of your knee joint in more detail. 

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Spann provides customized treatment plans to reduce your pain and treat the underlying condition. Depending on your needs, he might recommend joint injections or physical therapy. 

When necessary, he performs minimally invasive procedures to repair your meniscus, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or bones. In severe cases, Dr. Spann might recommend a knee replacement procedure. 

If knee pain is interfering with your life, call Westlake Orthopaedics Spine & Sports or make an appointment online today for expert treatment.