Knee Pain Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists

Cori Grantham, MD

Orthopedic Surgery located in Dallas, TX & Addison, TX

Knee pain can cause even your favorite activities to feel burdensome, but orthopedic surgeon Cori Grantham, MD, can help. Dr. Grantham treats the full spectrum of knee problems at Orthopedic Specialists, with two convenient locations in Dallas and Addison, Texas. If knee pain interferes with your quality of life, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q&A

What causes knee pain?

At Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Grantham provides conservative and surgical treatment for many issues that cause knee pain, including:

Trauma and sports injuries

Knee injuries can result from sudden trauma, such as a fall or car accident, or they can develop gradually from overuse. Common knee injuries include:


  • Ruptured ligaments, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Torn cartilage, including the meniscus
  • Fractures, including a broken kneecap (patella)
  • Patellar tendinitis, which is inflammation of the patellar tendon
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Knee bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) around the knee


As an experienced athlete and highly trained sports medicine specialist, Dr. Grantham is dedicated to helping injured patients return to their active lifestyles.

Arthritis

Many forms of arthritis affect the knee, but osteoarthritis is the most common type. Osteoarthritis causes long-term pain and swelling due to wear-and-tear damage to the cartilage, which protects the ends of your bones. Other types include rheumatoid arthritis and gout.


What symptoms may accompany knee pain?

The symptoms that accompany your knee pain depend on the specific underlying cause. Common signs and symptoms of knee disorders include:


  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to bear weight
  • A grating or crunching sensation with movement
  • Obvious deformity


A popping sound or sensation that occurs at the time of a knee injury may be a sign of a torn ligament or cartilage, such as an ACL tear.


How is knee pain diagnosed?

First, Dr. Grantham discusses your symptoms and medical history. She carefully examines your knee, checking for areas of tenderness and assessing your range of motion. She may order tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, such as an X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, or lab tests.


What treatments are available for knee pain?

Dr. Grantham creates an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. She begins with the most conservative approach, which may include physical therapy and medications.

In some cases, Dr. Grantham may recommend knee injections, such as:


  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Regenerative medicine, including stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections


When surgical treatment is necessary, such as with a ruptured ligament, Dr. Grantham uses minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery whenever possible. She performs many knee surgeries arthroscopically, including ACL and other ligament reconstruction, meniscus repair, and cartilage surgery.

For expert care of knee pain, call Orthopedic Specialists, or book an appointment online today.