Knee Pain Specialist

Valley Orthopedic Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand Surgeons located in Palmdale, CA & Ridgecrest, CA

At least 25% of adults face each day with knee pain that limits their ability to move and participate in athletic activities. Whether you’re dealing with a sports injury, arthritis, or unexplained knee pain, Anand Shah, MD, Mehul Taylor, MD, and the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute provide comprehensive care, from medical care and physical therapy to knee surgery and rehabilitation. To receive expert care for knee pain, call the office in Palmdale or Ridgecrest, California, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain? 

Sports injuries rank at the top of the list when it comes to knee pain. The pain often develops when you twist the joint or take a hit to the knee. The resulting injury often affects the ligaments and meniscus (the cartilage between the bones in your knee). 

Many people develop overuse injuries due to daily wear and tear on the tissues in the knee joint. But as you get older, knee pain most often occurs due to arthritis. 

A few conditions that frequently cause knee pain include: 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Joint dislocation
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Runner's knee
  • Fractures


You may also develop knee pain when a foot problem affects the way you walk. 

What other symptoms accompany knee pain? 

Though you may have knee pain without other symptoms, chances are you will experience problems such as: 

  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited joint movement
  • Clicking or popping
  • Locked knee joint
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to straighten your knee


Torn ligaments often cause joint instability, which can make your knee buckle or feel like it will give out. 

How is knee pain treated? 

Knee pain treatment depends on the underlying cause and the severity of your knee pain. If you have a fracture or a torn meniscus or ligament, you may need immediate surgery. 

In most cases, your treatment begins with nonsurgical therapies such as: 

  • Avoiding activities that stress the joint
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Knee brace
  • Prescription orthotics

Your provider at Valley Orthopedic Institute begins physical therapy as soon as possible. At first, your physical therapy focuses on reducing swelling and restoring movement. Then your regimen progresses to rebuild strength and the full range of motion.

If you plan to return to athletic activities, your physical therapy includes sport-specific rehabilitation to prepare your knee for the stress and lower your risk of future injuries.

When performing surgery, the team at Valley Orthopedic Institute specializes in arthroscopic surgery. As a minimally invasive procedure, arthroscopy causes less post-op pain and allows you to recover and get back to your normal activities at a faster pace.

You receive comprehensive care for knee pain at Valley Orthopedic Institute. Don't wait to call or book an appointment online.