Knee Pain – Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Goodhart is a leading orthopedic surgeon serving the community of Flower Mound, TX. He has extensive experience in treating knee pain caused due to Runner’s Knee, Arthritis, Patellar Tendinitis, ACL Tear etc.

Knee Pain

Knee joint consists of muscles, tendons, ligaments and three bones namely femur (upper leg bone), tibia (lower leg bone) as well as patella (kneecap). Injury to any of these structures can cause pain and inflammation in the knee.

Depending on the severity of the condition, knee pain can be classified into acute and chronic knee pain.

  • Acute knee pain: Short term or immediate pain is known as acute knee pain.
  • Chronic knee pain: It can be referred to a prolonged pain in the knee.  

Causes Of Knee Pain

  • Medical conditions such as Arthritis, Plica Syndrome, Tendonitis etc.
  • Knee injuries such as torn ligaments, meniscal tears, sprains, strains, fractures etc.
  • Overuse of knee joint
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • A sudden blow or trauma to the knee

Risk Factors For Knee Pain

  • Excess weight
  • Aging
  • Lack of muscle strength
  • Previous injuries

Symptoms Of Knee Pain

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Popping sensation in the knee
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Numbness or tenderness in the knee
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Deformity in the knee
  • Bruising

Diagnosis Of Knee Pain

The orthopedic doctor may conduct a physical examination of the knee joint. Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI may be recommended to determine the severity and underlying cause of the condition.  

Treatment For Knee Pain

Non-surgical treatment

  • Rest: Adequate rest must be provided to the injured knee. The doctor may suggest switching to low impact activities for a faster recovery.   
  • Ice or heat therapy: Frequent application of icepacks may reduce swelling in knee. Heat therapy may also help to promote healing.  
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed by the doctor to provide relief from pain. Cortisone injections may be administered in case of severe pain.      
  • Compression: The doctor may recommend using an elastic bandage to ease pain.
  • Physical therapy: Certain stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended by the doctor to improve the normal range of motion.
  • Elevation: The doctor may advise to keep the leg elevated above the level of heart. This can improve circulation and boost recovery.
  • Immobilization: Wearing a splint or brace can immobilize and support the knee joint.   
Surgical treatment

  • Arthroscopic surgery: In this procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the knee joint and inserts an arthroscope. This surgery is performed to remove damaged tissues and relieve knee pain.        
  • Knee replacement surgery: The surgeon replaces the damaged or torn tissues with artificial implants. Depending on the severity of the condition, the surgeon may perform partial or total knee replacement surgery.    

Visit Dr. Goodhart for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of knee pain. For an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Flower Mound, TX, call at (972) 899 – 4679.