Knee Pain Specialist

LAVI Spine & Orthopaedic Medical Centers

Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Surgeon located in Greater Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, CA

Pain in the knee can not only make it difficult to walk and participate in day-to-day activities, but it can also be a sign of something more troubling underneath. Dr. Lavi offers knee pain diagnosis and treatment for patients in and around the Sherman Oaks, Rancho Cucamonga, Downey, and Arcadia area.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain is common amongst a lot of people, especially as they get older. The knee is made up of a complex structure, and because of this, knee pain can be localized to a specific area of the knee or painful throughout. Depending on the condition causing the pain, the knee pain can be combined with restrictive movement. Knee pain can be divided into three major categories: acute injury, medical conditions like arthritis, or chronic overuse. A thorough physical examination will usually establish the diagnosis of knee pain.

How can a knee become injured?

Some of the more frequent causes of knee pain include acute injuries like:

  • Fractures - Direct trauma to the bony structure can cause one of the bones in the knee to break. All fractures need immediate medical attention.
  • Ligament injuries - Most often this involves an injury to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
  • Meniscus injuries - Twisting the knee can injure the meniscus.
  • Dislocation - The knee joint can become misplaced during traumatic accidents or high-impact sports.

How does an orthopedist help knee pain?

Dr. Lavi has extensive experience treating injuries involving the knee. Depending on the source of the pain, the treatment may include different options such as for:

  • Knee Fracture - Treatment options include non-surgical and surgical options such as skeletal traction, the use of casts and braces, surgery involving internal fixation and external fixation.
  • Meniscus Tear - Knee arthroscopy is a commonly recommended surgical procedure for meniscal tears.
  • Arthroscopy of the Knee Joint - Knee Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure used to look into the knee joint to diagnose or treat a knee problem.
  • Total Knee Replacement (TKR) - Total knee replacement replaces the worn out or damaged surfaces of the knee joint.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction - Surgery is performed to repair the ruptured ligament.
  • Patellofemoral Instability – An abnormal movement in the patella causing the knee to become unstable. Treatment can involve pain medications, rest, ice, physical therapy, knee-bracing, and orthotics.