Knee Pain

Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

Knee pain is one of the most common reasons to visit your doctor for joint pain. Whether your pain is due to trauma, a sports injury, arthritis, or overuse, the orthopaedic surgeons at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center can help. With more than 35 years of experience serving children and adults in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida, the team delivers effective pain relief using the best available treatments and procedures. Book your appointment today by calling the office nearest you.

Knee Pain

When should I see a doctor about knee pain?

Since knee pain is a common issue for people of all ages, it's important to know the signs of injury so you can schedule a visit when you need one. 

If you've been experiencing knee pain for 4-6 weeks without relief or your symptoms are getting worse, Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center recommends coming to the office for an exam.

For moderate to severe knee pain, look for these symptoms that can signal a more serious problem:

  • Severe swelling or bruising
  • Redness, tenderness to touch, mild swelling, and warmth
  • Popping, clicking, or locking of the joint
  • Feeling like your knee may give out or buckle underneath you
  • Inability to bend your knee

 

These symptoms can indicate complications like ligament tears or infection that require immediate medical attention.

What causes knee pain?

Different conditions cause knee pain within the joint, surrounding muscles, or soft tissues of your knee, including your menisci and ligaments in and around your knee. Depending on the location of your symptoms, your doctor can narrow down potential causes, like:

  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Meniscus tear
  • Ligament sprains and tears (e.g., ACL tear)
  • Runner’s or jumper’s knee
  • Bursitis
  • Fracture
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s disease

 

Children, athletes, and older adults are at risk for specific types of knee pain based on skeletal development, overuse, or wear-and-tear, respectively. Your doctor discusses your risk factors when determining your diagnosis and recovery process, so you know what to expect.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing knee pain involves a comprehensive consultation and physical exam of your knee to identify the location of your pain, range of motion, muscle strength, and structural integrity. 

You may need imaging like X-rays or an MRI to determine your exact diagnosis, especially if you’re experienced trauma or have a history of arthritis in your knee.

What treatments are available for knee pain?

The Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center team offers comprehensive care for all types of knee pain, including both conservative and surgical treatments. Most cases of knee pain resolve after a course of conservative care that includes:

  • Medications, like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy
  • Activity modification
  • Viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid
  • Corticosteroid injections

 

For more complex or severe cases of knee pain, your doctor may recommend procedures like minimally invasive surgery or joint replacement, including robot-assisted MAKOplasty®. Prosthetic devices from Conformis are used for joint replacements for excellent comfort and longevity.

Find relief from your knee pain by calling Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center now.