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Knee Pain Specialist

Eugene Stautberg, MD

General Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Pearland, TX

If knee pain is making it difficult to participate in your favorite sport, or even walk, Eugene Stautberg, MD can help. At his orthopedic practice in Pearland, Sugar Land, Baytown & Houston, TX, Dr. Stautberg offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options for your knee pain. He can provide you with a wide range of services, from arthroscopic surgery to a total knee joint replacement, to improve your mobility and joint to minimize pain. Learn more about your options for treating knee pain by calling the office directly or booking an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

A variety of factors can play a role in knee pain, including:

  • Age
  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • ACL injuries
  • Fractures
  • Meniscus tears

Pain can range from mild and bearable to severe and chronic. When pain in your knee begins to disrupt your life, limiting your movements and activities, it may be time to seek a diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of knee pain?

Depending on the kind of injury or condition that causes your pain, you may also experience symptoms like:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Limited knee flexibility

Crunching or grating noises during movement are also common with conditions like arthritis.

You should contact Dr. Stautberg’s office if it becomes increasingly difficult to put weight on your knee or if you develop swelling in your knee.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

Dr. Stautberg initially may discuss your lifestyle habits and activities to determine the cause of your knee pain. He performs a physical examination of your knee, checking for signs of swelling, tenderness, or bruises. He may also flex your knee to determine your range of motion.

If you’ve had previous knee injuries, Dr. Stautberg may review your medical history and order imaging tests, such as an ultrasound or X-ray, to confirm a diagnosis or rule out other possible conditions.

What treatments are available for alleviating knee pain?

Initially, Dr. Stautberg may recommend physical therapy to strengthen and stabilize your knee joint. You may also need to use over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep you comfortable.

If your knee pain relates to a medical condition — arthritis, for example — Dr. Stautberg may suggest corticosteroids or viscosupplementation injections to relieve the pain and associated symptoms.

When nonsurgical options aren’t effective in relieving your pain, Dr. Stautberg may perform surgery. One option is minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery using a knee scope to reconstruct your knee joint by making only small incisions, giving you a faster healing time.

You may also be a good candidate for a partial or total knee replacement procedure, where Dr. Stautberg surgically removes the damaged knee joint and replaces it with an artificial joint to improve your mobility and alleviate your persistent pain.

Find out which treatment options are right for relieving your knee pain by calling Dr. Stautberg’s office directly or using the online booking feature.