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Knee Pain Specialist



Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, & Podiatry located in Merrillville, IN

When knee pain takes you out of action, or you struggle with the daily pain of a degenerative condition, you need to seek treatment from the team at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants. Their board-certified physicians offer customized treatments that include a wide range of therapies, from medical care and joint injections to physical therapy and arthroscopic surgery. If you're ready to find relief from knee pain and get back in the game, call the office in Merrillville, Indiana, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain frequently begins during athletic and work-related activities, whether you twist the joint, take a hit to the knee, or bend your knees often. Repetitive movements cause constant stress that results in tears, inflammation, and degeneration.

Knee conditions regularly treated by Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants include: 

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Joint dislocation
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Bone infections
  • Knee fracture
  • Runner's knee
  • Chondromalacia patella

During adolescent growth spurts, teens often develop knee pain when a growth plate near their knee becomes swollen. 

What other symptoms accompany knee pain?

 Conditions responsible for knee pain typically cause a wide range of symptoms, including: 

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness and limited movement
  • Clicking or popping in the joint
  • Locked knee joint
  • Inability to straighten your knee
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected knee


If you stretch or tear a ligament, your knee joint may feel unstable or like it will give out. 

How is knee pain treated?

Your provider talks with you about your symptoms, completes a physical exam, and orders additional diagnostic testing when necessary. Patients often need diagnostic imaging like an X-ray or MRI to reveal specific problems in the knee joint.

For most people, the first course of knee pain treatment includes:

  • Modifying your activities
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications
  • Wearing a brace or splint
  • Starting physical therapy
  • Getting a knee injection

Depending on the underlying condition, your knee injection may contain steroids, hyaluronic acid, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

When does knee pain need surgery?

A fracture, dislocation, or torn ligament or meniscus often needs immediate surgery to ensure optimal healing. Other conditions may need surgery if the pain doesn't improve with conservative treatment.

Arthritis is a progressive disease that causes ongoing joint damage. When arthritis reaches an advanced stage, you need a partial or total knee replacement surgery. Replacing the damaged joint tissues with a prosthetic joint relieves your pain and restores normal movement.

Is knee pain treated with arthroscopic surgery?

As specialists in arthroscopic surgery, Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants perform most knee surgeries using this minimally invasive technique. Your provider makes a tiny incision and guides a slim arthroscope into your knee joint.

A camera in the scope provides magnified images that allow your provider to examine the tissues and diagnose the source of your pain. To repair the problem, they insert specialized surgical instruments through additional small incisions.

If you have questions about knee pain or need to schedule an appointment, call Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants or book online today.