orthopedic doctor specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems,
including knee pain. Because knee pain can have a wide range of causes
and contributing factors, the orthopedist will need to conduct a comprehensive
assessment before developing your personalized treatment recommendations.
At the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at St. Lucie Medical Center, patients
have access to a continuum of care, including nonsurgical and surgical
Medical History Review
The orthopedic doctor will request detailed information about your medical
history, including your other medical conditions, medications, medication
allergies, and treatment history including prior surgeries. He or she
may also ask you about your family medical history, such as whether any
close relatives have arthritis.
You’ll be asked to describe your symptoms in detail, such as whether
you experience sharp or dull pain, whether the pain gets worse or improves
with certain activities, and whether your pain is accompanied by any other
symptoms. Share all of your symptoms with the orthopedic doctor, even
if these symptoms do not appear to be related to your knee pain. Explain
the extent to which the knee pain interferes with your usual daily activities.
Next, the orthopedist will examine the knee for visible abnormalities such
as swelling. The doctor will maneuver the knee joint to assess the integrity
of the menisci, ligaments, and other structures.
Depending on the findings from the physical exam and the assessment of
your symptoms, the orthopedist may recommend diagnostic testing. You may
be asked to undergo an X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, or a magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Sometimes, blood tests can be helpful.
If you need to have imaging studies or other diagnostic tests, you might
be asked to return to the orthopedist for another appointment after your
results are available. At this point, the doctor can explain your diagnosis
and treatment options. Your treatment options may be as simple as medications
and physical therapy. Or, you may be a good candidate for surgical intervention
such as a total knee replacement surgery. If so, carefully weigh the
benefits and drawbacks of knee replacement before making your treatment decision.
Comprehensive orthopedic care in Treasure Coast is just one of the many
exceptional services you’ll find at
St. Lucie Medical Center. We’re pleased to offer wound care, children’s services, and
robotic surgery. You can contact a registered nurse at (772) 335-4000
to request a referral to an orthopedic specialist.