The knee joint is especially vulnerable to injury and pain because it absorbs the full weight of your body when you use it. Additionally, there is added force placed on it if you perform a high-impact activity, like running or jumping. However, even if you are not especially active, you can experience knee pain. For instance, as you age, you are more likely to experience knee pain due to the overall “wear and tear” that happens over time. And, if you are overweight or gain weight, you’ll also have a higher risk of knee damage. If you participate in an activity where you must quickly turn or pivot, such as football or skiing, you are also at high risk of knee injuries and pain. A knee doctor can diagnose your knee pain and offer treatments that can help you.
When to Visit a Knee Doctor Near You
You should contact a physician if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Knee “giving way” when trying to use it
- Knee joint swelling
- Knee locking up
- Pain when trying to bend the knee
- Painful, bony lump beneath the kneecap
- Sharp pain in the knee
- Walking stiffly because of pain in the knee
If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you should make an appointment to see a knee doctor. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our knee doctors offer treatments for knee problems that range from nonsurgical procedures to minimally invasive surgery.
Common orthopaedic knee conditions and injuries our doctors can diagnose and treat include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
- Cartilage damage
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries
- Meniscus tears
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Patella cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries
- Tendonitis (or medically referred to as tendinitis)
- Tendon injuries
If your knee problem is too painful and needs to be treated promptly, visit our walk-in Rapid Orthopaedic Care clinic for acute injuries every day of the week, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Why choose the Joint Replacement Center at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates?
Choosing the right doctor is important, and there are many different factors you should consider, including their level of professional training and expertise.
At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, our knee doctors have had additional training in a specific area of the body or medical specialty. For some, this additional training is referred to as fellowship training. Following their medical residencies, several of our providers have undergone fellowship training focusing their education specifically on the advanced knowledge and skills needed to treat specific areas of the body or injuries and conditions relating to a specific medical specialty, such as the knee. At Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, you are in excellent hands because our knee doctors, Dr. L. Anthony Agtarap, Dr. Bradley C. Christ, Dr. Dominic Femiano, Dr. Tracy Hamblin, Dr. Thomas Helpenstell, Dr. R. Trent McKay, Dr. Milan S. Moore, Dr. William Peterson, Dr. Stephen Snow, Dr. Ryan E. Will, Dr. P. Brodie Wood, and Dr. Jerome Zechmann, are specialty-trained and have the advanced knowledge and skills to treat you individually to meet your needs.
To consult with our Olympia Orthopaedic Associates specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (360) 709-6230. At our Joint Replacement Center, we offer consultations with a knee doctor Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can learn more about the conditions we treat through our patient education resources or our Online Guide to Sports Medicine that references specific topics relating to nutrition and fitness for athletes of all ages, including high school, collegian, weekend warrior, and professional athletes.
Knee Wellness Tips
Staying active, being proactive, and building healthy habits are key to preventing, reducing, or avoiding future joint pain. Here are some techniques you can use to help protect your knee joints.
- Wear Knee Pads: Anytime you participate in a sport or activity where you could fall on your knees, wear knee pads to avoid knee issues. Falls and knee injuries are especially common when playing soccer, skating, or skiing.
- Combine Exercise and Eating Right: Carrying extra weight puts additional strain on your knees and can cause knee pain. If you need to lose weight, focus on eating smaller portions and making healthier choices. Also, add more exercise to your daily routine, since it can speed up the weight loss process.
- Try an Elliptical Machine: If you are looking for a new type of exercise that puts limited stress on your knees, try an elliptical machine.