Knee Pain

Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates

Orthopedic Surgery located in Reno, NV

Knee pain can affect people of all ages, but often it occurs as you get older, or after a sports injury. James S. Sobiek, MD, and Donald S. Huene, MD, of Sobiek and Huene Orthopedic Surgical Associates in Reno, Nevada, have more than 20 years of experience as orthopedic surgeons. They expertly diagnose and treat the many causes of knee pain. Although Drs. Sobiek and Huene are surgeons, they take a conservative, noninvasive approach when it comes to treating knee pain. Learn about effective knee pain therapies by calling to schedule a consultation or booking online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What are the most common causes of knee pain?

Typically, your knee pain is the result of an injury, a mechanical problem, or osteoarthritis, a degenerative condition that leads to the deterioration of cartilage in your knees. Common conditions that may lead to acute or chronic knee pain include:

  • Injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Bone fractures
  • Overuse
  • Torn meniscus
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Loose bodies within your knee joint
  • Dislocated kneecap

In many cases, with rest and ice, knee pain subsides on its own and doesn’t prevent you from living an active lifestyle. However, if your knee pain prevents you from participating in activities you enjoy, or makes it hard for you to walk or climb stairs without pain, you may need orthopedic intervention.

What are the common symptoms of knee pain?

Common signs and symptoms of knee pain, whether from an injury or other condition, include:

  • Swelling around your knee joint
  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Trouble bearing weight on your knee
  • Locking or buckling of the knee joint
  • Loss of flexibility and full range of motion
  • Knee stiffness
  • Popping or crunching noises in your knee joint

Knee pain can range from minor aches above, below, or behind your knee, to debilitating pain that prevents you from walking properly.

How does an orthopedic surgeon treat knee pain?

Drs. Sobiek and Huene are skilled in both nonsurgical and surgical knee procedures. Your individualized treatment plan depends on the underlying cause of your knee pain.

For example, if after careful examination, your doctor determines that you have loose bone or cartilage fragments in your knee joint, you may need knee surgery to remove them. In other circumstances, such as for an ACL injury, physical therapy and rehabilitation may repair your knee and reduce pain as you heal from the injury.

Both Drs. Sobiek and Huene perform arthroscopic knee surgery and open knee surgery, depending on your individual needs. Dr. Sobiek also performs unicompartmental, or partial, knee surgery, for men and women with arthritic damage on only one side of the knee joint. During unicompartmental surgery, Dr. Sobiek replaces only the damaged tissue and bone while leaving the healthy section of your knee joint intact.

If you suffer from chronic knee pain, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation to learn about noninvasive, minimally invasive, and surgical procedures to relieve your pain and improve your quality of life.

Call the office or book online.