Christopher Potts, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA & Alpharetta, GA
Knee pain is one of the most common joint issues affecting millions of Americans each year. For knee pain, stiffness, or injuries due to trauma or sports, see orthopedic surgeon, Christopher Potts, MD, in Atlanta or Alpharetta, Georgia. As a knee pain specialist, Dr. Potts has extensive hands-on training in the most effective treatments for knee pain. To get help and find relief from your knee issues, call or schedule a visit online now.
Knee Pain Q & A
Why does my knee hurt?
Knee problems can arise at any age due to injury, overuse or wear-and-tear over time. Your knee is responsible for supporting your weight as you move from sitting to standing, walking, pivoting, and running. Overall, the most common cause of knee pain is wear-and-tear, though other possible causes include:
- Sports injuries
- Direct trauma
- Overuse injuries
- Structural abnormalities
Severe knee pain should be examined right away — especially if you heard a “pop” during the injury, or if the knee can’t bend or support your weight. If your knee pain is accompanied by any of these symptoms, Dr. Potts recommends an immediate consultation to avoid long-term damage.
Dr. Potts has extensive experience in treating:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) tears
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) tears
- Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) tears
- Posterolateral corner (PLC) injuries
- Meniscus tears
- Meniscal root injuries
- Knee dislocations
- Articular cartilage defects
- Patellar (kneecap) dislocations / instability / malalignment
- Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) injuries
- Patella tendon ruptures
- Quadriceps tendon ruptures
- Knee malalignment
- Patella fractures
- Tibial plateau fractures
- Distal femoral fractures
How is knee pain diagnosed?
To diagnose the cause of your knee pain, Dr. Potts begins with a consultation to understand your symptoms, the location of your pain, and activities or movements that increase or decrease your pain. After your consultation, he examines your knees for signs of swelling, bruising, stiffness, and weakness.
Some of the orthopedic tests that Dr. Potts performs can cause slight pain, so let him know if you're experiencing discomfort at any time. He may order X-rays or an MRI, if needed.
How do orthopedic surgeons treat knee pain?
Once Dr. Potts identifies the cause of your knee pain, he provides treatment recommendations to relieve your symptoms and improve the function of your knee. In many cases, conservative care is enough to relieve knee pain. Conservative options include:
- Activity modification
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Injections, including corticosteroids, platelet-rich plasma, or stem cell therapy
Severe cases of knee pain or those caused by structural damage may require surgery. Dr. Potts performs minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to remove damaged tissue from your knee and resurface the joint for smoother and more comfortable movement.
To get treatment for your knee pain, call the office or schedule a visit online now.