Just a small twist in the wrong direction can damage the cartilage in your knee, as can a bad fall. No matter the cause of your knee pain, you need to get treatment right away. Baltimore and Roland Park are home to an integrated medical clinic called Advanced Medical Center. The team of physicians, physical therapists, and nurse practitioners determines exactly what’s causing your knee pain and starts treatment quickly. Call the office or use the practice’s convenient online booking system. You shouldn’t have to live with knee pain another day.
Possibly. And because you have to walk on it — at least to get to and from the bathroom — it’s important to get a diagnosis before it worsens. Your knee pain can stem from:
At your first appointment at Advanced Medical Center, you meet with an orthopedic doctor who specializes in knee problems. They spend time reviewing your symptoms with you. You need to let your doctor know if you’ve had an accident, what makes your pain better (or worse), and what your pain feels like.
After your discussion, the doctor examines you, checking your knees’ flexibility and reflexes. If you have experienced severe trauma, this exam may cause some discomfort, but your doctor needs to know every limitation you might have. It’s common to have X-rays done during your visit, and since the practice uses a digital system, your images quickly get sent back to your practitioner.
Usually, after your physical examination and X-rays, your doctor diagnoses you on the spot. However, tendon, ligament, and muscle damage doesn’t usually show up clearly on an X-ray. If you have these types of injuries, you may need to have an MRI or CT scan of your knee before a diagnosis can be made for your knee pain.
Possibly, although surgery typically is an option only if nothing else works for your knee pain. Even if you do need surgery, most are performed arthroscopically, so you have less downtime and fewer scars.
Knee surgery can be an option if you need a:
Before heading down that road, your provider generally tries non-surgical knee pain treatments. Advanced Medical Center provides the most modern knee pain solutions. Your treatment plan could include joint injections, physical therapy, or orthopedics, among other options.