Knee pain is a common complaint for which there can be many causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move properly. When any of these structures is injured or diseased, then knee problems will result causing pain and difficulty walking.
The Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center specializes in the treatment of many orthopedic conditions including treatments for many knee pain conditions and injuries.
Ligament injuries - Ligament injuries commonly occur during athletic activities and can cause discomfort and instability. There are several types of injuries that can occur to ligaments including:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
Cartilage injuries or tears – These injuries are seen in both young and older populations and can be a common cause of knee pain.
- Medial and lateral meniscus tears
- Articular cartilage injuries
Kneecap dislocation and pain – Pain specifically located in the kneecap can cause acute symptoms at the time of injury but can also lead to chronic knee pain.
Adolescent injuries – Young adults can suffer from genetic malformations that cause knee pain but are also at an increased risk for knee trauma due to athletic injuries.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause but all knee pain should be discussed with an orthopaedic specialist to insure that additional interventions are appropriately prescribed. For some conditions, your doctor may recommend a routine of rest, stretches, and/or drug therapy until the minor injury can heal however, other treatment options are available at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center.