Knee Pain Specialist

Gardner Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Ft. Myers, FL

Knee pain, whether it’s caused by wear-and-tear, trauma, or something else, can be debilitating and prevent you from going about your daily routine, exercising, or even walking. At Gardner Orthopedics in Fort Myers, Florida, the orthopedic specialists offer extensive diagnostic and treatment procedures to understand the cause of your pain and help you recover. Book an appointment online or call the office today to get started with effective and personalized knee pain treatment.

Knee Pain Q & A

Why does my knee hurt?

Knee pain can come from any of the anatomical structures in the knee, including:

  • Tibiofemoral joint
  • Patella
  • Ligaments inside and surrounding the knee
  • Muscles surrounding the knee
  • Patellar and iliotibial (IT) band tendons
  • Menisci
  • Bursa

Common triggers of knee pain include chronic wear-and-tear, trauma, and repetitive movements. Since the knee has many structures that are necessary for proper joint support, if one or more of the structures is compromised, it can cause widespread pain and dysfunction throughout your knee.

What are the signs of a knee injury?

Knee injuries should never be ignored because they can cause abnormal gait and postural issues that may lead to pain in other places, like your lower back, hips, ankles, or feet. If you experience any of these symptoms, see the team for an evaluation:

  • Decreased range of motion or stiffness
  • Popping, clicking, or locking of your knee joint
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Tenderness to touch on or around your knee
  • Feeling that your knee may give out or buckle
  • Limping or difficulty walking

Mild discomfort can also signal an injury that, if left untreated, may become a bigger issue or cause chronic pain and dysfunction. If you experience knee pain for more than two or three days, it’s best to seek care at Gardner Orthopedics right away.

What causes knee pain?

Different conditions can affect the structures of the knee and cause pain, such as:

  • Patellar or IT band tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligaments tears
  • Muscle strains or tears
  • Chondromalacia patella
  • Arthritis
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease

Based on the location and type of pain you’re experiencing — whether it’s aching, stiffness, sharpness, or something else — the team can narrow down the possible causes of your discomfort and develop an orthopedic exam to diagnose your issue.

How is knee pain treated?

Treatment for knee pain depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your injury. For mild to moderate cases, the team often begins with conservative treatments, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or splinting
  • Athletic taping
  • Hot or cold therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications

For more moderate or severe cases that require additional care, the team offers:

  • Joint injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) and viscosupplementation
  • Prescription medications
  • Knee arthroscopy

The team takes the time to educate you about your options so you can make the best choice for your care and recover as quickly as possible.

To schedule a knee exam with the team at Gardner Orthopedics, book online or call now.

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