Knee Conditions Treated Rollings Hills Medical in Torrance
Rolling Hills Medical is an industry leader in comprehensive knee pain treatment. As an integrated medical facility, our team of multi-disciplinary orthopedic specialists work together to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient. Treatment for knee pain can range from conservative options to advanced surgical techniques. Our team of knee specialists will provide accurate diagnosis and offer their expert opinions for pain relief and recovery.
Common Knee Conditions
The knee is the largest joint in the body and is often prone to injury. Knee problems can range from minor swelling to severe pain. The most common injuries often involve fractures, dislocation, tears of surrounding tissue, or a combination of multiple injuries. Our knee specialists have helped thousands of patients recover from a wide range of knee conditions, including:
Knee Ligament Injuries
Ligaments are tough and flexible connective tissue between bones and cartilage. There are four ligaments in the knee that are prone to injury: the ACL, LCL, MCL, and PCL. Knee ligament injuries often cause immense pain and result in decreased mobility.
- ACL tear - The anterior cruciate ligament stabilizes the knee and keeps the shinbone in place. ACL tears result in pain, swelling, and instability of the knee. Our knee specialists offer both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for ACL tears including physical therapy, rehabilitation, and reconstructive surgery.
- LCL tear - The lateral collateral ligament runs along the outside of the knee joint from the bottom of the thigh bone to the top of the lower leg. LCL tears cause tenderness, swelling, and weakness. LCL tears can usually be treated through conservative rehabilitation efforts, though severe tears and multiple ligaments injuries may require minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery.
- MCL tear - The medial collateral ligament runs along the inner side of the knee, aiding in stabilization and preventing overstretching. MCL tears cause pain, swelling, and instability in the knee. Most MCL tears don’t require invasive treatment methods and rehabilitation and physical therapy are often sufficient for recovery.
- PCL tear - The posterior cruciate ligament is the strongest ligament in the knee and helps to keep the shinbone and femur in place. PCL tears result in instability, pain, swelling, and weakness. Our knee specialists can determine the best treatment options, including physical therapy or arthroscopic surgery, depending on the severity of the PCL tear.
The meniscus are pieces of cartilage in the knee that act as shock absorbers for walking, running, jumping, and other movements. Meniscus tears cause popping, pain, swelling, and noises when the knee is moved. Our orthopedic specialists may recommend physical rehabilitation or minimally invasive surgeries like meniscus repairs, meniscus transplants, or other arthroscopic procedures.
Arthritis affects various joints and connective tissues in the body, including the knees. Chronic inflammation causes pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited mobility. Our team of arthritis specialists help each patient determine an appropriate treatment course, including physical therapy, steroid injections, or arthroscopic surgery.
The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions, with major bursae located near the largest joints. Bursitis in the knee is also known as goosefoot bursitis or Pes Anserine bursitis. The Pes Anserine bursa, located between the shin and hamstring tendons, often become inflamed due to tight muscles, excessive weight, and arthritis.
Chondromalacia (A Type of Runner’s Knee)
Inflammation of the kneecap and cartilage below causes chondromalacia. It’s often caused by other knee injuries and overuse, causing pain and grinding when bending the knee. Treatment may include rehabilitation or physical therapy for you knee, or minimally invasive surgical options with our experienced knee surgeons.
Dislocations of the kneecap are often caused by traumatic injury, causing a sudden change in direction and for the kneecap to completely dislodge from the groove on the thigh bone (femur). After an initial dislocation, subsequent dislocations are quite common, after the stability of the knee becomes compromised and ligaments are damaged. Prompt repositioning is required and recovery will include physical therapy and rehabilitation. Subsequent dislocations may require knee surgery to reconstruct, tighten, or loosen the surrounding ligaments.
Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
Patellar tendonitis is caused by tears in the tendon between the kneecap and shin bone that result in inflammation and pain. Symptoms may include discomfort, aching below the kneecap, and knee pain that worsens with movement. Our knee specialists will recommend a conservative approach for treatment first, followed by surgery, depending on effectiveness of non-surgical methods.
Common Knee Surgeries, Procedures, and Treatments
Our experienced orthopedic surgeons provide a variety of treatment options for patients suffering from a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Problems in the spine, knees, hips, and bones often present with severe pain symptoms. Rolling Hills Medical offers comprehensive orthopedic surgery options including:
- Spinal Fusion
- Soft tissue repair, for torn ligaments and tendons
- Knee and hip replacement
- Spine surgeries: laminectomy, lumbar spinal fusion, low back intervertebral disc surgery
- Bone Repair: forearm (radius) bone fracture repair, thigh bone (femoral shaft) fracture repair
How do I Know if My Knee Pain is Serious?
Not all knee pain is serious. But when you do have a dull aching pain in the knee or a sharp stabbing pain in the joint, how do you know whether or not to see the doctor?
Because there are different ways to get knee pain, there are different reasons you will want to check in with your doctor. Some knee pain is more gradual and unavoidable, while other knee pain comes directly from injury.
Should You See the Doctor After a Knee Injury?
If you were playing a sport, riding in a vehicle or simply doing day-to-day activities and experienced a fall or impact, then you may have a knee injury. Knees are commonly injured with hard falls, unexpected twisting, a fast change of direction , impact to the joint or a quick stop. If the knee joint is abruptly jolted, it could cause a tear in one of the supporting ligaments or surrounding muscles. After an injury, the joint may swell, show discoloration or become stiff. After a knee injury, applying ice to the impacted joint is important to reduce swelling. The joint should also be rested to stop further damage from occurring.
You will want to also schedule an appointment with a doctor for knee pain in Torrance. The doctor will help you determine the kind of injury and provide a personalized plan of action for improving the discomfort. While not all knee injuries are serious, it is important to be seen by a doctor who can ensure you don’t have a secondary injury because the first one wasn’t properly treated. With some injuries, movement is important for avoiding stiffness, while with other injuries movement could cause further damage. Your doctor can run any diagnostic tests to ensure the right steps are taken for rehabilitation and treatment. Even a simple sprain to the knee could result in further injury if it isn't properly cared for, rested and rehabilitated. So, checking in with a doctor after an injury is always recommended.
Should You See the Doctor for Gradually Worsening Knees?
If the knee pain is gradual, it could be due to several factors that are less immediate than an injury. Weight can often contribute to knee pain, since the joints bear the weight daily. Gentle exercise, like water aerobics or low impact aerobics, can help get the body in shape without pounding on the knee joints. Stretching can help loosen tight muscles and increase the flexibility in the ligaments. Try gently stretching the muscles surrounding the knees and hips daily to improve the strength and mobility of those joints. Avoid standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time—or, if you can’t avoid standing on hard flooring, wear cushioned shoes to help take the pressure off of your ankles, knees and back. If sitting for long periods of time (like a desk or driving job), make sure you get up at least once an hour to stretch and move.
The pain in your knees could be a sign of something more serious, like arthritis or patellar tendinitis. If the pain continues to increase or worsens with daily activity or rest, see a doctor. You may need help with certain medicines or treatments to decrease the irritation in the joint. Some forms of arthritis, like gout or septic arthritis, can severely impact the joint to the point of extensive damage. Fever, chills and discoloration are all reasons to schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.
If you are looking for a Torrance knee pain treatment, contact us today. We can help you pinpoint the problem and find the best solutions for your pain or discomfort. Don’t let your knees stop you from enjoying the things you love most.
Knee Pain Symptom Checker
The knee is an important joint that absorbs a lot of impact on a daily basis and can commonly be a point of injury. If you are experiencing pain in your knees, determining the cause will start with defining the pain. Knee pain may be described as:
- Dull or achy
- Sharp or severe
- Gradually getting worse
The location of the pain is important as well:
- Along the side(s) of the knee
- Behind the knee
- Deep in the knee joint
- Around the kneecap
The pain could be worsened or triggered by:
- Everyday activities
- Prolonged standing or sitting
- Rest or immobility
Additional symptoms might include:
- Bruising or discoloration
- Locking or catching
- Popping or snapping
- Decreased range of motion
- Unable to bear weight
- Weakness in the joint
Determining the Cause of Knee Pain
- ACL Injury – Located in the knee joint, worsened by movement, feels insecure and makes it difficult to bear weight, pops and snaps, swollen, sharp and sudden pain triggered by injury.
- Sprains – Located in the knee joint, stiff, swollen, worsened by movement, bruised, difficult to bear weight, could be triggered by overuse or sudden injury.
- Torn Meniscus – Sharp or severe pain located along the sides of the knee, gradually worsens, locking or catching feeling, stiffness, swelling, possible decreased range of motion, worsened by movement, hard to bear weight and typically caused by injury.
- Knee Bursitis – Dull or achy pain located around the kneecap, red skin, warm to the touch, irritated by daily activity, caused by sudden injury or overuse and gradually worsens.
- Fractures – Inability to bear weight, worsened by movement, swollen and discolored, caused by injury.
- Osteochondritis Dissecans – Persistent pain accompanied by locking, catching, popping, snapping, swelling, joint weakness, decreased range of motion and triggered by injury.
- Patellar Tendinitis – Dull or achy pain around the kneecap, worsened by movement, swollen and triggered by overuse.
- Baker’s Cyst – Dull or aching pain behind the knee, worsened by everyday activities and movement, stiff, swollen, caused by overuse and gradually worsens.
No Apparent Cause (Triggered by Daily Activity):
- Osteoarthritis – Dull or achy pain in the knee joint, triggered by everyday activity, sitting, standing, inactivity or overuse. Decreased range of motion, feeling of grating with movement and joint stiffness.
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome – Dull or achy pain around kneecap, irritated by daily use, overuse, movement, rest or prolonged sitting/standing. Grating sensation and stiffness.
Who Should You See for Knee Pain?
You may need to see out emergency care or first aid if your knee is severely injured. Seek out immediate emergency medical care if knee pain is accompanied by:
Severe bleeding that quickly soaks through bandages (do not attempt to replace bandages, just apply more on top of the original bandages and seek help)
- Bone or tendons are exposed
- The knee is visibly out of place or dislocated
- The knee can’t be bent or any weight put on it
- Pain is associated with fever or chills
- The injured person seems drowsy or “out of it”
The injury may require non-emergency medical attention if the pain is accompanied by:
- Sudden swelling or redness
- Popping or snapping sensation at the point of injury
- A feeling of instability in the joint
- Severe stiffness or extreme pain with movement
- Inability to bear weight
- Catching or grating sensation
- Persistent pain
- Any sudden accident or injury
- Pain radiating into the hip or down toward the ankle
If you need to see a Torrance doctor for knee pain, contact us today at (424) 267-2486. Our Pain Management Doctor and Orthopedic Doctors are ready to help you. We will evaluate your symptoms and run any diagnostic tests needed to determine the best course of action for your healing journey. We offer personalized knee pain treatment in Torrance with our personalized patient treatment plans.
Why Choose Rolling Hills Medical in Torrance for Othropedic Care
Our orthopedic specialists are leaders in the field, implementing cutting-edge technology and advanced orthopedic surgery techniques. Rolling Hills Medical in Torrance offers both noninvasive treatment options and minimally invasive recovery options. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal conditions affecting all areas of the body, including advanced diagnostic, pain management, and surgical techniques
Contact our Orthopedic Specialists in Torrance
Rolling Hills Medical is a multidisciplinary practice that uses a collaborative approach to health and wellness. Our team of integrated health specialists includes chiropractors, orthopedic specialists, physical therapists and more. Together, we work with each patient to develop an individualized treatment and recovery program. Contact our orthopedic specialists in Torrance today at (424) 360-0155 for evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Neil Ghodadra, MD
Dr. Ghodadra is well known for his surgical skill and his devotion to teaching and innovation in orthopedic surgery. He has authored over 65 textbook chapters and journal articles. Dr. Ghodadra was instrumental in developing a landmark technique for patients with recurrent shoulder instability.
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