Knee Pain? When To See A Specialist

Have you been living with chronic knee pain? Are you experiencing discomfort during exercise or sports?  It may be time to see a knee specialist.

New Knee Pain

If you have severe pain or deformity you should book an appointment to see a specialist. Otherwise you consider:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Elevation

If the pain hasn’t subsided in 3-7 days or is getting worse, you should see a knee specialist.

Chronic Knee Pain

“Chronic” means that the pain has been present for weeks, months or even years. A longer duration of symptoms could mean that more damage is occurring. For some people knee pain can become serious enough to disrupt everyday activities like walking up and down stairs, or even sleeping comfortably.

Knee Arthritis, a common cause of pain, may cause:

  • Pain with activities
  • Limited movement
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Giving-way

Sudden Knee Injury

If your knee pain is the result of a forceful injury, from a fall or football tackle for example, heard a loud “pop” sound, or experiencing a lot of pain or swelling you should see a knee specialist as soon as possible.

Not getting the right treatment at the beginning of an injury can lead to more injuries later and a longer recovery time.

For severe injuries, such as ACL tears, surgery is often necessary. Without surgery, most active patients will experience episodes of their knee giving out. Each time this happens further damage can occur to meniscus and cartilage, which can lead to arthritis later.

Richmond’s Knee Specialist

Dr. Goradia is a Fellowship Trained knee and shoulder specialist practicing in Richmond’s West End and Chester, VA. He is one of the first orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. to be certified in sports medicine as a subspecialty.

He doesn’t believe in a one-size fit all approach to knee injuries. He takes the time to fully evaluate each patient, make the right diagnosis and develop a customized treatment plan using the least invasive approach possible.

Read more about Dr. Goradia, patient success stories, common causes of knee pain including arthritis, meniscus and ACL tears.