For patients, pain in the knee can be the result of a condition that has developed over time or from overuse like osteoarthritis, arthritis, and Runner’s knee, or from the occurrence of a recent sports injury, such as a meniscal tear or dislocated kneecap.
In some circumstances, and if not identified early on, orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis may create extreme bone and joint discomfort, making knee surgery, such as knee replacement, total knee arthroplasty, or knee arthroscopy, possible options for relieving your knee pain.
When to See a Knee Doctor Near You
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of knee pain, it’s important to seek medical care from an orthopaedic surgeon or doctor as soon as possible before your injury or condition worsens and surgery may be necessary.
- A popping or snapping noise in or around the knee
- Feel like your knee gave out while walking, running, jumping, or turning
- Have severe pain in the knee, pain in the kneecap, or pain behind the knee
- Cannot bend or move the knee
- Begin limping or are unable to walk comfortably
- Have swelling of the knee or calf area
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries of the knee include:
- Arthritis of the knee
- Chronic knee pain
- Patellar (kneecap) fractures
- Distal femur (thighbone) fractures of the knee
- Fractures of the proximal tibia (shinbone)
- Patellar dislocation
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Posterior cruciate ligament injuries
- Collateral ligament injuries
- Meniscal tears
- Tendon tears
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
At Flagstaff Bone & Joint, we understand that pain can make everyday activities difficult. To consult with a knee doctor for your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280.
Why choose Flagstaff Bone & Joint?
Our knee doctor and surgeons have completed additional training. With this advanced training, Dr. Kevin O'Donnell and Dr. Amber Randall have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your knee injury or condition individually to your needs and specialize in advanced knee surgery, such as total knee replacement and partial knee replacement.
To consult with one of our knee surgeons or doctors at The Sports Medicine Center, please request an appointment online or call (928) 773-2280. We have locations in Flagstaff, Cottonwood, and Kingman-Hualapai Mountain to best accommodate your needs.
Learn More About The Sports Medicine Center at Flagstaff Bone & Joint
Our fellowship-trained sports medicine experts have extensive training in treating sports-related injuries using minimally invasive techniques and the most advanced surgical procedures to treat all areas of the musculoskeletal system, including treating the knee problems of the joint, cartilage, and ligaments.
Tips for a Healthy Knees
As the connections between your bones, your knees will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your hips with care as they age.
Every day, move each knee joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.
Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.
The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether you will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.
Favor the larger joints and use the weaker ones for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.
Avoid keeping staying in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep you from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.