Knee Pain

Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Jeff N. Spaw, MD

Orthopedic Surgery & Total Joint Replacement Specialist located in College Station, TX & Brenham, TX

Knee pain is a common problem that can result from a wide variety of conditions, from sports injuries like torn cartilage to chronic conditions like arthritis. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Spaw, MD, specializes in total knee replacement and minimally invasive arthroscopy at Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in College Station and Brenham, Texas. To find lasting relief from knee pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is knee pain?

As the largest joint in your body, the knee is one of the most common sites for joint pain. The knee includes the lower part of your thigh bone (femur), the upper part of your shin bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). Slippery cartilage lines the ends of these bones and provides cushioning to your knee joint while strong bands of tissue (ligaments) hold the bones together.  

Damage to any one of these structures may cause knee pain. The specific symptoms you experience vary depending on the underlying cause. Common knee pain symptoms include:

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Weakness or instability

Most of the time, knee pain goes away on its own. If you suffer from knee pain that persists for more than a few weeks despite home treatments like rest and over-the-counter pain relievers, Dr. Spaw at Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine can help.

What causes knee pain?

There are many possible causes of knee pain, from injuries to medical conditions like arthritis. Dr. Spaw diagnoses and treats the full spectrum of knee conditions, including:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Meniscus tear
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Loose fragments of bone or cartilage

The knee is also a common site for osteoarthritis, which is the most prevalent type of arthritis.

How is knee pain diagnosed and treated?

First, Dr. Spaw performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. He carefully checks your knee for swelling and tenderness and may ask you to move your leg in different directions. He may also take a noninvasive imaging test, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.

Once he diagnoses your condition, Dr. Spaw develops a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, treatment for knee pain may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Therapeutic injections


If the imaging tests don’t provide enough information about your knee condition, Dr. Spaw may recommend knee arthroscopy. This minimally invasive surgical technique involves inserting a thin, flexible camera (arthroscope) into a tiny incision in your knee. If he finds a problem, Dr. Spaw may treat it with miniature surgical instruments during the same procedure.

If your knee pain persists for a long time despite treatment and seriously interferes with your life, Dr. Spaw may recommend knee replacement surgery. He specializes in joint replacement and uses the highest quality surgical devices, including DJO® implants.

For compassionate and effective knee pain treatment, call Third Day Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.

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