Knee Pain Specialist Monmouth County NJ

First and foremost, you need to know what type of doctor to see for you knee pain. If you were to go to your general practitioner about your knee pain, he or she would most likely refer you to an orthopedic doctor. The University of Utah explains in general terms that, “Orthopedic doctors (sometimes also called orthopaedic doctors or orthopaedic surgeons) are doctors who focus on caring for your bones, joints, ligament, nerves, and tendons (the tissue that connects bones and joints).” As such, a knee pain specialist is called an orthopedic knee specialist. Keep in mind that many orthopedic doctors specialize in just one or two parts of the musculoskeletal system, so it is important to verify with any new doctor that he or she specializes in knees before making an appointment.

When to See a Knee Specialist

Immediately after suffering a knee injury, you may experience some common symptoms in addition to knee pain. These signs and symptoms include:
  • Popping noise and/or feeling
  • Crunching noises
  • Swelling, redness and warmth to the touch
  • Stiffness and/or inability to fully straighten the knee
  • Weakness and/or instability

When to See a Knee Doctor

Not all knee pain requires medical treatment – most minor tweaks, sprains and injuries can be treated at home with rest, ice and elevation. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact an orthopedic knee specialist for a consultation. If you:
  • Have distinct knee swelling or an obvious deformity
  • Can’t bear weight on your knee
  • Your knee “gives out” when you try to walk
  • Have a fever in addition to redness and swelling
  • Are in severe pain

Chronic Knee Pain

Living in constant pain and being unable to live a normal, active life shouldn’t be your norm. If you’ve been experiencing chronic knee pain, it’s time to see a knee pain specialist. While some chronic knee conditions cannot be cured, treatments can help reduce your symptoms and pain.

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