Knee Pain

Internal Medicine, Physical Therapy, Pediatrics & Pulmonology located in San Antonio, TX

More than 1.9 million Americans see their primary care provider for knee pain every year. If you have knee pain and need relief quickly, San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine can help in three convenient locations in San Antonio, Texas. The expert diagnosticians and treatment providers offer comprehensive knee pain help when you need it the most, so don’t hesitate to reach out for compassionate care. Call the office nearest to you or book your appointment online today.

What causes knee pain?

Damage within the bones, joints, and soft tissues (ligaments, tendons, and cartilage) that make up your knees can lead to knee pain. You can sustain damage for many reasons, including sports injuries, other types of direct knee trauma, and wear and tear over time. 

A few of the specific problems that can lead to knee pain include:

  • Ligament tears (ACL, PCL, MCL, or other ligament tears)
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Cartilage tears (meniscus tear)
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, septic arthritis, gout)
  • Bursitis

Whether it’s an injury or an issue that slowly develops over time, there’s no doubt that knee pain is both uncomfortable and frustrating to live with. Fortunately, knee pain is highly treatable with help from the experts at San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Your provider at San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine starts with an exam of your knee. They’ll evaluate swelling, bruising, or other issues. Your provider also checks your range of motion, evaluates knee stability, and lightly moves your knee joint to look for the source of your pain. 

A medical history review is another important tool in finding the cause of your knee pain. You may need an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound imaging tests. In some cases, if your provider believes you have knee inflammation or an infection, you’ll also need blood tests.

How is knee pain treated?

Knee pain treatment can depend on the cause of the pain, how it affects your life, your personal goals, and other factors specific to you. Some of the most common knee pain treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Weight management
  • Activity modification
  • Assistive devices like a walker or cane
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Injections 

Most people enjoy good results with a combination of conservative knee pain treatments, but if you have severe damage within your knee joint, like a severe ACL tear or late-stage osteoarthritis, you could need surgery. 

Should you need surgery, your San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine provider can coordinate your care with an orthopedic surgeon and then guide you through to full recovery. 

Knee pain doesn’t have to keep you away from your life. San Antonio Premier Internal Medicine offers the highest standard of expert care in three convenient locations, so call the nearest office or book your appointment through online scheduling now.