About Knee Pain
Knee pain can be caused by a variety of conditions and can affect patients of all ages. Knee pain may be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage or a medical condition such as arthritis, gout or an infection. It can range from subtle to severe and can affect how you are able to going about daily activities. At UT Health Austin, our knee pain specialists recognize that knee pain can often times cause major disruptions to your daily life and prevent you from doing the thing you like to do. Our goal is help you manage and prevent your pain by assessing the underlying causes and developing a customized care plan for your condition.
Knee Pain Treatment at UT Health Austin
Understanding the cause of your knee pain will help our team work with you to customize a treatment plan that addresses your needs and goals. To determine what may be causing knee pain, your care team may conduct a physical exam to assess range of motion, stability and muscle strength. In many cases, diagnostic testing such as x-rays will also be done to help the care team better evaluate your condition. Upon proper determination of your knee pain, your care team works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to address your pain. With your specific goals in mind, your treatment plan may include lifestyle modifications such as weight loss and exercise, over the counter NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), physical therapy, braces or walking aids. In some cases, prescription medications, injections or surgery may be the best course of action. Regardless of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risk and benefits and what you can expect throughout your recovery.
Care Team Approach
We have assembled a team of experts that includes hip and knee orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.