As the largest joints in your body, when knee pain strikes, it can have far-reaching effects on your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. At the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in North Miami, Florida, Dr. Steven Gorin understands the complexities of the human knee, allowing him to get his patients back to pain-free movement as quickly as possible. To learn more, call or use online scheduling to book an appointment.
Your knees are not only the largest joints in your body, they are some of the most versatile, allowing you to twist, pivot, climb, and go side to side, as well as forward and back. As if that weren’t enough, your knees are some of your body’s best shock absorbers, giving you the ability to jump, land, and pull up short without severely damaging your bones.
Your knee’s versatility, however, is often its downfall. Because you rely on it so heavily, knee pain can occur if you push your limits or wear and tear start to take their toll. The most common sources of knee pain include:
While bone fractures can and do happen, most knee pain comes from the soft connective tissue in your knee, like your ligaments, or the soft tissue that provides cushioning within your knee, such as your meniscus or bursae.
If you’ve injured your knee or your knee is beginning to ache, the first order of business is to relieve the swelling and pain. To do this, turn to the RICE method:
If, after a day or two, your symptoms aren’t any better, or they become worse, it’s time to make your appointment at the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics.
As an orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Gorin has extensive experience diagnosing and treating knee pain.
Dr. Gorin’s starts out conservatively with one or more of the following treatments:
If your knee pain proves unresponsive to these measures, Dr. Gorin may turn to knee arthroscopy to diagnose and repair your problem, including:
Arthroscopic surgery is minimally invasive, requiring only small incisions, and it allows Dr. Gorin to repair what’s needed without resorting to more invasive measures. To help you heal faster, he uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy after your surgery.
Another part your healing process is, the rehabilitation Dr. Gorin provides to help you recover quickly and with enough strength to prevent future injuries.
If you’re experiencing knee pain, call the Institute of Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics or book an appointment online for expert evaluation and treatment.