Knee Pain

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Knee pain is a common condition at any age. Injury, arthritis, osteoarthritis and bone spurs are among the common causes of knee pain. The exact location and severity of your pain may vary, depending on the cause.

More people with knee pain in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Orthopedic Institute for nonsurgical or surgical care than any other provider.

Treatment options range from physical therapy and medication to surgical repairs to partial or total knee replacement surgery. Our skilled providers will listen to you and use their experience to recommend the best solution.

Norton Orthopedic Institute surgeons are leaders in the use of robotics that help your surgeon implant the parts of your new knee with superior precision. Placing the metal parts of the new joint and attaching them to your bone requires skill and planning to provide the best possible feel.

With advanced techniques that allow bone to grow into the new joint and precision placement, artificial knees are expected to last longer and allow a more natural feel when you pursue your favorite activities.

Seek treatment if you can’t walk or your knee feels unsteady, if you have swelling or redness, or if you have a recent injury to the knee area.

Knee Pain Causes

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Fracture in the knee bones, including the patella (kneecap)
  • Bursitis, tendinitis or arthritis, which cause inflammation or irritation of the ligaments, tendons and surrounding tissue of the knee joint
  • Loose body such as a piece of bone or cartilage floating in the joint space that is preventing the joint from working correctly or is causing irritation
  • Hip or foot pain causing you to change how you walk, which can stress the knee and cause pain

Knee Pain Treatment

A common knee sprain can respond well to rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), but some conditions may require more treatment or, as a last resort, surgery. Our fellowship-trained orthopedists treat knee pain at locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana without surgery. Your care team will provide a customized treatment plan that starts with conservative, nonsurgical approaches when appropriate.

Your diagnosis typically will include an examination of your knee to locate the source of the pain, swelling, tenderness or visible signs of your knee issue. Checking how far you can move the leg comfortably also provides valuable information.

Imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound or MRI can provide detailed insight into your condition.

Typical nonsurgical treatments for knee pain include:

  • Addressing the underlying cause of the pain, such as arthritis
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee
  • Injections such as corticosteroids.

Surgery for knee pain at one of our Louisville hospitals may be an option. Preoperative and follow-up visits can take place at Norton Orthopedic Institute locations across Louisville and Southern Indiana.

Surgery is possible, especially if the joint is badly damaged or all other treatments have been considered or tried.

  • Your orthopedist may use arthroscopy to insert a tiny camera into your knee to more precisely diagnose the condition and perhaps treat it at the same time. This minimally invasive procedure allows the orthopedist to trim damaged cartilage, remove loose debris, irrigate the inside of the knee and even reconstruct a damaged ligament such as the ACL — a common injury.
  • Either the top of the shinbone or the bottom of the thighbone is cut and reshaped to shift weight off the side of the joint damaged by arthritis.
  • Partial knee replacement: The surgeon removes either the inside or outside of the knee joint and replaces it with artificial parts.
  • Total knee replacement: The surgeon will replace the ends of the femur (both inside and outside parts of the joint) and tibia with metal and plastic pieces. The surgeon may place a plastic button on the back of the kneecap to replace worn-out cartilage.

Care That’s Focused on You

  • Minimally invasive procedures can have you home quickly with less pain and faster recovery.
  • Sophisticated pain management aims to keep you comfortable and safe.
  • We have a deep commitment to getting you moving again and managing your pain so you can keep up with your physical therapy.
  • With 30 orthopedic locations in Louisville, Southern Indiana and surrounding communities, we have specialists near you.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more, anytime, from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

Why Choose Norton Orthopedic Institute

More patients choose Norton Orthopedic Institute for hip or knee replacements and other orthopedic procedures than any other health care provider in Louisville or Southern Indiana.

  • More than 50 providers, including board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, offer care at 30 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
  • Same-day appointments often are available.
  • Norton Healthcare is the first health system in the nation to be recognized as an Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence by DNV.
  • Our hip replacement specialists are pioneers in minimally invasive surgeries focused on minimizing pain and recovery time.
  • Robot-assisted surgical techniques improve precision for a more natural-feeling knee replacement to get you moving again.
  • Educational programs help patients prepare for joint replacement surgery and recovery.
  • Your free MyNortonChart account allows you to communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more from a mobile device or computer.

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