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Knee Pain Specialist

Samimi Orthopedic Group

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Brentwood, West Los Angeles, West Covina, & Sherman Oaks, CA

Whether you experience sudden, severe knee pain from an injury or the gradual onset of a chronic condition like arthritis, finding relief from your discomfort is a priority. Babak Samimi, MD, and David Eldringhoff, MD, at Samimi Orthopedic Group use advanced, minimally invasive techniques such as knee arthroscopy to address the causes of knee pain. You can find an effective resolution to your knee pain by calling one of the Los Angeles area offices in Brentwood, West Covina, or Sherman Oaks, California, or scheduling an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Knee pain can result from damage that occurs when you twist the joint, overstretch it, fall on it, or land when jumping. Injuries of this nature commonly affect athletes who play sports where these actions are commonplace.

Degenerative conditions damaging the cartilage inside the knees are among the most frequent causes of chronic knee pain. Another is overuse, where repeated movements lead to a build-up of tissue damage and inflammation.

Specific conditions that cause knee pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellar tendinitis (runner's knee)
  • Articular cartilage injuries 
  • Patellar instability
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Iliotibial (IT) band injury
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Posterolateral corner (PLC) injuries

To diagnose the cause of your knee pain, Dr. Samimi examines your knee, asks you about the pain, and orders appropriate diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. 

He might also perform knee arthroscopy, using a tiny camera to view the inside of your knee and potentially making repairs at the same time.

What treatment does knee pain require?

Where possible, Dr. Samimi uses nonsurgical treatments to address your knee pain. These might include:

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Joint fluid aspiration

However, if your injury is too severe or these treatments fail to resolve your knee pain, you may need surgery.

What surgery would I need for knee pain?

The surgery you need for your knee pain depends on what's causing your condition. Examples of possible knee pain surgeries include:

ACL reconstruction

ACL reconstruction surgery replaces the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee that keeps your tibia (shin bone) in place. Dr. Samimi uses a technique he developed himself to reconstruct the ACL.

Meniscus repairs

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee that can tear under severe stress. As there’s a limited blood supply to the meniscus, these injuries are unlikely to heal without surgical intervention.

Posterolateral corner reconstruction

Posterolateral corner injuries involve complex trauma to the stabilizing structures in your knee. Dr. Samimi uses a technique that he developed himself to reconstruct the posterolateral corner.

Total knee replacement

Total knee replacement is where Dr. Samimi substitutes the bones in your joint with artificial components.

Unicompartmental knee replacement

Unicompartmental or partial knee replacement could be an option if only one of the bones in your knee is too badly damaged to save.

Dr. Samimi uses minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to complete knee surgery wherever possible, minimizing tissue damage and pain and promoting a faster recovery.

To find the cause of your knee pain and receive the best possible care, call Samimi Orthopedic Group or book an appointment online today.