Knee Injuries

Knee Injuries Services Offered in Houston, TX

Your knees endure a great deal of stress day in and day out, and knee injuries are common. Alain E. Elbaz, MD, PLLC, in Houston, Texas, is an experienced orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician who understands how knee injuries affect how you live your life. When it comes to helping heal your knee injury, Dr. Elbaz uses the simplest and safest therapies that give you the best outcomes. To learn more about treatment for knee injuries, call or schedule an in-office or telemedicine appointment online today.

Knee Injuries Q&A

What causes knee injuries?

Knee injuries may occur from a bad fall, forceful pivot, or high impact. Your knee is a large, weight-bearing joint made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that all work together so you can stand, walk, run, jump, and climb.

Your knee endures a lot of stress during activities. The structure of your knees, along with the daily stress, makes it vulnerable to pain and injuries.

Anyone can injure their knee, but athletes who play high-impact sports like basketball and football are at high risk of injuring their knee.

What are common knee injuries?

Sprains and soft tissue tears are the most common types of knee injuries. This includes anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears, and meniscus tears.

Other knee injuries include:

  • Joint Dislocation
  • Tendon Tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Muscle Strain

Acute knee injuries cause sudden pain and swelling, and you may have a hard time bearing weight on the knee. Overuse injuries, like tendonitis and bursitis, may cause mild to moderate pain that worsens over time.

Early diagnosis and treatment of your knee injury may prevent further damage.

What happens during an evaluation for knee injuries?

Dr. Elbaz conducts a thorough exam when you come in for help with a knee injury. He asks detailed questions about how you hurt your knee and your symptoms. He reviews your daily routine and medical history and examines your knee.

Though he can determine a diagnosis after completing your history and physical, Dr. Elbaz may order imaging tests to confirm his suspicions.

What are the treatments for knee injuries?

Dr. Elbaz treats knee injuries using the simplest, safest, and least expensive therapies so you get back to the activities you need to do and want to do quickly. Taking a conservative approach, your knee injury treatment plan may include:

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (Rice)
  • Activity Modification
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication
  • Physical Therapy

Dr. Elbaz is a recognized expert in regenerative orthopedics and has superior experience using innovative biologics that support your body’s natural healing process like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy and Lipogems® adipose/fat therapy.

With injuries that require surgery, such as complete ACL tears, Dr. Elbaz uses minimally invasive surgical techniques whenever possible.

For help with your knee injury, call Alain E. Elbaz, MD, PLLC, or schedule an appointment online today.