At OrthoSC, the Grand Strand's largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained doctors are dedicated to providing world-class care for a variety of knee injuries and conditions.
Knee doctors are medical specialists who have a full understanding of the knee and work with patients dealing with a wide range of knee issues, injuries, and pain. These orthopedic doctors have the knowledge to examine and consider all parts of the knee, such as the meniscus (a type of fibrous cartilage), the ligaments (such as the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, which is prone to tears), the cartilage, the tendons, and everything else that comprises the knee and may be causing the pain.
Knee specialists treat patients with diseases, such as arthritis, who have knee pain. Knee doctors, who sometimes may be sports medicine doctors as well, often care for people who have knee pain due to a meniscus or ACL tear. If a patient needs a knee replacement surgery because of an injury or disease, a knee specialist or surgeon can offer treatment options.
Knee joint mobility is critical, and without it, it can be impossible to perform everyday tasks or movements, such as walking. Also, since there are so many problems that can occur, patients should request an appointment with an orthopedic knee surgeon who will perform a complete examination, take X-rays, and apply his or her knowledge to help fix the problem.
When It's Time to Seek Knee Care
When you have knee pain, it's important to pay close attention to your symptoms so you can give your doctor a more detailed description of your pain when you go to your appointment, which in turn helps your doctor diagnose and treat you. Although every person experiences knee issues differently, here are examples of common knee symptoms you may be noticing:
- Joint pain
- Knee locks up
- Loud popping or snapping sound
- Pain when standing
- Swollen knee
- Unable to straighten the knee when it's bent
Having any of the symptoms above may indicate one of the following common knee problems or injuries:
- ACL tear
- Cartilage damage
- Ligament injuries
- Meniscus tear
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Patellar fracture
- PCL tear
Taking good care of yourself means seeing a specialist when you suspect you have a problem and taking action sooner rather than later. In doing so, you may be able to avoid further pain or the need for surgery. You may also reduce the risk of having your condition worsen or developing severe problems, for instance, if the damage advances over time and you begin to lose mobility in the affected joint. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment with one of our knee doctors by requesting an appointment online.
Experience World-Class Knee Care at OrthoSC
At OrthoSC, our experts apply their medical knowledge and skills to treating you and your knee issue. They are dedicated to providing each patient with specialized orthopedic care and are equipped with the most advanced resources, which allows your specialist to focus exclusively on diagnosing and treating your knee pain.
Our specialty-trained doctors, Dr. Brian Blair, Dr. Michael Bohan, Dr. Justin Brothers, Dr. J. Clark Butler, Dr. Steven Callihan, Dr. Thomas Chambers, Dr. Nathaniel Evans, Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Edward Mikol, Dr. Tyler Noble, Dr. Peter Ramsey, and Dr. Todd Tupis, are highly skilled in their respected field of evaluating and treating knee injuries and conditions. A core component of their care is ensuring that every patient is educated about the pain-relieving treatment options that are available to them. Our doctors also consult with their patients, offering suggestions, listening to questions, and helping them decide which course to take. Finally, be assured that our knee specialists are committed to pursuing nonsurgical options first, such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or injections. At the same time, our knee surgeons will recommend surgery if they believe that is the best option to restore proper function. Regardless of the treatment you ultimately receive for your knee pain, our doctors will make sure to educate you about your condition, treatment options, and what you can expect afterward.
Having questions or concerns about your knee issue is normal. Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced knee surgeons by requesting an appointment online or calling one of our four locations: Carolina Forest, Conway, Murrells Inlet, or Carolina Forest – Satellite. We’re ready to help restore you to better health.