Knee And Hip Pain

Oakland Orthopedic

Bruce T Henderson, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon located in Pontiac, MI

Large, weight-bearing joints like your knees and hips are a common source of pain. Though the underlying cause varies, knee or hip pain may affect your active lifestyle. At Oakland Orthopedic in Pontiac, Michigan, Bruce Henderson, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializes in finding and treating the root cause of knee and hip pain so you get long-lasting relief. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Knee and Hip Pain

What are knee and hip pain?

The knees and hips are common sources of pain. You may develop pain in one or both of these joints after an accident or from degenerative conditions that occur over time.

Though you may develop knee or hip pain from any number of causes, you shouldn’t ignore the pain. Dr. Henderson is an expert at finding and treating the source of your pain condition so you get long-term relief. 

What causes knee and hip pain?

You may develop knee or hip pain from a variety of causes. The most common include:

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Fractures
  • Strains and sprains
  • Labral tears (hip)
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries (knee)
  • Tendinitis
  • Meniscal tears (knee)
  • Osteoporosis

Your knee or hip pain may also develop from a problem related to other weight-bearing joints, like your ankles or back. 

What can I expect during a knee or hip pain evaluation?

You can expect a patient-centered exam when you come in to see Dr. Henderson for a knee or hip pain evaluation. Dr. Henderson focuses on finding the root cause of your pain condition so he can develop an effective treatment plan.

First, he asks detailed questions about your pain, including the type of discomfort you feel, when it started, and activities that make your pain worse or better. In most cases, he determines your diagnosis after a physical exam and in-office X-rays.

In some cases he may request additional testing, such as an MRI or CT scan, to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis or provide guidance for surgery. 

How are knee and hip pain treated?

Dr. Henderson is a skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeon; when it comes to treating knee and hip pain, however, he takes a conservative approach.

Initially, he may recommend nonsurgical therapies that focus on healing the underlying cause of your knee or hip pain. Your plan may include:

  • Activity modification
  • Weight loss
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing, splints, or orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Injections

If your pain continues after the implementation of your medical treatment plan, Dr. Henderson may consider surgical intervention. The type of surgery you need depends on the underlying cause of your knee or hip pain.

Surgery may include minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to remove a torn meniscus, reconstruct an ACL tear or, for advanced disease, a joint replacement.

Don’t let your knee or hip pain keep you from living your life. Call or book an appointment online to get relief from your pain.