Knee Pain Specialist

Johnson Medical Center

Alternative Medicine & Integrative Medicine located in Venice, FL

Knee pain makes even the simplest of tasks an unbearably painful chore. The highly skilled physicians and therapists at Johnson Medical Center of Venice, have extensive experience in diagnosing knee pain sources. Whether you have had prior knee surgery, have a new knee injury, or are suffering from arthritis, you get the pain relief you need. Call the office or schedule your appointment online. The scheduling team welcomes new patients who are dealing with knee pain and schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.

Knee Pain Q & A

When do I need to see a doctor about knee pain?

Because your knees take a toll every day, absorbing shock with each and every step, get in to have your knee looked at as soon as you feel pain. You don’t want your condition to get any worse. It’s important to make an appointment for your knee pain if you experience:

  • Popping, scraping, or crunching noises
  • Redness and swelling
  • Difficulty straightening your leg
  • Severe weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Fever, nausea, or vomiting
  • Signs of a fracture
  • Difficulty putting weight on your knee

Why is rehabilitation needed for knee injuries?

Rehabilitation and physical therapy are essential for full knee recovery, whether you’ve had an injury, have a chronic arthritic condition, or had knee surgery. The goal of rehab and physical therapy is to build up the muscles around your knee — specifically your hamstrings and quads — and to improve joint mobility.

During your sessions, you learn how to exercise, lift, bend, and squat with proper form, especially if you regularly play sports. This way, you are less likely to have new or recurring issues in the future.

How do corticosteroid injections work for knee pain?

Corticosteroid injections are common treatments for men and women suffering from knee pain. These injections reduce inflammation, diminishing your overall pain level. While corticosteroid injections will not provide permanent relief, they do decrease pain for months at a time.

As an alternative to corticosteroid injections, Johnson Medical Center utilizes natural injectable anti-inflammatories which provide relief without long term side effects of corticosteroids. The doctor could also recommend hyaluronic acid injections as another option. Hyaluronic acid is a thick substance that lubricates your joints, providing better mobility and decreasing your pain level. These injections also last for months at a time.

The team also utilizes “off loading” knee braces which can open the knee’s joint space promoting the healing process.

Will I need knee surgery?

It’s possible, depending on what’s causing your knee pain. For diagnostic purposes or for making small repairs, your orthopedic surgeon usually performs arthroscopic surgery. This allows them to make a few small incisions, insert a small camera, and make any necessary repairs. Arthroscopic knee surgeries are beneficial for repairing torn ligaments, removing damaged cartilage, and making other minor reconstruction repairs.

If you have severe knee damage, you could need a knee replacement. With a partial knee replacement, your surgeon replaces your damaged knee bone with artificial materials. You only need a total knee replacement if your knee bones and cartilage are so worn they can’t be repaired or partially replaced.