Everyday movements, like walking, bending, and lifting, can all put stress on the joints and soft tissues of your knee. High-impact activities, like sports, can further increase your risk for knee injuries. At Orthopedic Immediate Care in Arlington, Virginia, the experienced medical team is skilled in diagnosing common knee injuries, including sprains and fractures, customizing a treatment plan to relieve pain and limited mobility. Don’t delay an evaluation of knee pain. Book an appointment ahead of time, online or by phone, or visit the office as a walk-in.
The joints, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles that make up your knee provide you with stability and movement. When damage occurs in any of the structures, you may find it difficult to put weight on your knee or stay physically active.
Some of the most common injuries that affect the knees include:
More serious types of injuries affecting the knee include meniscal tears, which affect the shock-absorbing pieces of cartilage between the bones of your shin and thigh, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries that occur when changing direction too quickly.
Many knee injuries result due to participating in sports or because of direct trauma. However, if you work in a job that requires heavy lifting or frequent repetitive motions, you may be at increased risk for painful knee injuries.
The orthopedic specialists at Orthopedic Immediate Care offers comprehensive, on-site diagnostics to determine the type of injury you have and its severity. First, your physician reviews your medical history and the activities you were doing when the knee pain started.
During a physical exam of your knee, your Orthopedic Immediate Care provider can test your range of motion and identify areas of swelling, tenderness, and pain.
In some cases, the physician may order imaging tests, like digital X-rays, to view the inner structures of your knee. X-rays can confirm injuries like dislocations and fractures or rule out other suspected causes of pain.
For knee sprains, your Orthopedic Immediate Care specialist may initially recommend rest and ice therapy to reduce pain and swelling. You may need to keep weight off your affected knee and avoid strenuous activities for a period of time. Over-the-counter pain medicines and anti-inflammatories can keep you comfortable while you rest.
If you have a meniscal tear or ACL injury, you may need a referral for additional treatment, including surgery. The Orthopedic Immediate Care staff can provide resources to keep you comfortable until you can see a specialist, such as wrapping or splinting your knee to keep it immobile.
Don’t let a knee injury become disabling. Visit Orthopedic Immediate Care today as a walk-in or call ahead for an appointment. You can also use the convenient online booking feature to schedule a diagnostic knee evaluation.