If you’re an athlete, you’ve heard the horror stories. The sudden “pop” on the playing field. The lingering pain and swelling after a marathon that won’t go away. A knee that just gives out during a tennis match. Even if you don’t play sports, knee injuries can happen as the result of repeated wear and tear, stress and strain. If you’re starting to feel pain in your knee, don’t panic. Just focus on finding the help you need.
Treatment of the knee is a centerpiece of Dr. Venuto’s orthopedic practice. In over 35 years of practice, he has helped thousands of amateur, college and professional athletes who suffer from knee injuries and disorders, and he has used his surgical skill for a wide range of non-athletes as well.
Call Dr. Venuto If…
At his practice serving Newport Beach and Irvine orthopedic patients, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day with a variety of knee injuries and disorders. If you are experiencing knee pain, now is the time to make an appointment. Call Dr. Venuto today at 949-759-3600 or send us an email to schedule your visit.
Some signs that you need medical attention:
- Inability to walk comfortably or move the knee joint freely
- Deformity or persistent swelling around the joint
- Throbbing or other pain that lasts more than a few days
- Fever, redness, warmth, or tenderness around the knee
- Any other unusual symptoms or pain
Treatments for Knee Injuries & Conditions
Dr. Venuto’s recommended treatment for your knee pain will depend on its cause. He focuses on finding the least invasive method to minimize pain and properly remedy the underlying cause.
Knee Arthroscopy: During arthroscopic knee surgery, Dr. Venuto inserts a small camera inside the joint and makes repairs using instruments inserted through other small incisions. Dr. Venuto has performed thousands of successful arthroscopies. He performs partial knee replacement, and was the first orthopedic surgeon in California to perform a partial knee replacement on an outpatient basis to reduce discomfort and downtime.
Microfracture Surgery: An innovative treatment for articular cartilage repair, microfracture surgery creates tiny fractures in the underlying bone, prompting new cartilage to develop. Dr. Venuto has had tremendous success in cartilage repair with this procedure.
Viscosupplementation: This non-surgical knee therapy minimizes pain associated with osteoarthritis. Viscosupplementation lubricates the joint through a series of injections using hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the knee that helps to create smooth movement and sufficient cushioning.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): Used as an alternative to surgery or in conjunction with a surgical procedure, platelet rich plasma injections help the body heal itself faster. Platelets within the patient’s own blood containing growth factors are concentrated and re-injected into the knee, stimulating the production of new, healthy tissue in the area.
Cortisone Injections: These injections can be used to reduce inflammation in the knee.
Physical Therapy: In almost all cases, physical therapy will be scheduled to help patients increase strength and range of motion in the affected knee.
Anti-Inflammatory Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) may be prescribed, particularly if knee pain is caused by arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis.
Ice and Heat: Depending on the underlying cause of the knee pain, Dr. Venuto may recommend icing or heat pads to aid in recovery.
Rest: Resting of the affected joint is often necessary to minimize inflammation and give the knee time to repair itself.
Get the help you need now.
Call Dr. Venuto at 949-759-3600 or SEND US AN EMAIL to schedule your appointment.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
There are many reasons why you may be experiencing knee pain, and Dr. Venuto will carefully review your medical history and perform a detailed physical exam to properly diagnose the underlying cause or condition. Some common causes of pain include:
Arthritis: Arthritis is one of the primary sources of knee pain. Osteoarthritis (the gradual wearing away of joint cartilage) is the most common type of arthritis in the knee.
Ligament Injuries: Most commonly, ligaments supporting the knee are injured during athletic activities. This can lead to both discomfort and instability. Injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is most common, but Dr. Venuto also has experience in repairing damage to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Meniscal Injuries: The most common injury in the area of the knee is a torn lateral or medial meniscus. The meniscus is a small piece of tissue that provides cushioning between the thigh bone and the shin bone. It can be torn as a result of a sudden impact or twisting of the knee.
Tendonitis: Often caused by overuse of the tendon, tendonitis appears as an inflammation or tenderness of the tendon. In the knee, tendonitis commonly occurs in the patellar tendon, which stretches over the front of the knee, causing pain just below the kneecap where the tendon meets the bone.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome: An injury primarily occurring among runners, cyclists and weightlifters, iliotibial band syndrome generally causes stinging or aching pain on the outside of the knee, both during and after physical activity.
Chondromalacia Patella: Chondromalacia is the softening or deterioration of the underside of the kneecap. Most common in people between the ages of 15 and 35, it causes dull pain around or under the kneecap that worsens during weight-bearing activities.
Dislocated Kneecap: Causing acute symptoms during the dislocation itself, a dislocated kneecap also can result in chronic knee pain.
Bursitis: Most often seen in people who kneel for work, such as gardeners or carpet layers, knee bursitis is the swelling of small fluid-filled pads above the kneecap.