Orthopedist for Knee Pain
Knee pain is best diagnosed and treated by an orthopedic surgeon, also known as an orthopedist.
Orthopedists have up to 14 years of formal education that includes college, medical school and five years of postgraduate work at a hospital or medical facility. Some orthopedists also choose specialization in orthopedics such as pediatric medicine or choose to concentrate in
specific part of the body such as the knee.
When to Call a Doctor for Knee Pain
If your symptoms have not gone away after trying 3-7 days with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications, you should set up an appointment with your doctor. Even if your knee injuries are not disabling, any knee injury that causes pain when you walk should be evaluated by a general doctor or an orthopedist as soon as possible.
How to Find a Doctor for Knee Pain
There are many ways to find an orthopedic surgeon. Family doctor or primary care physician can provide a referral to a doctor who specializes in orthopedic medicine. If you don’t have a general doctor who can give you a referral, visit the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) website and search for orthopedic doctors in the NYC area. The site will list the orthopedist
along with the doctor’s information including contact information, education and any specialties and additional training.
Once you have narrowed a list of potential doctors for knee pain, check with your insurance company to see which doctors are included in your plan. If you do not have insurance, contact the
doctor’s office to see if they offer payment options.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention for Knee Pain
Individuals who experience severe pain in their knees and have had a traumatic injury should immediately go to the emergency department or urgent care center. Prompt attention can help a bad knee problem from getting worse. Additionally, many fractures (broken bones) may require immobilization in a specific position to avoid further trauma to the knee. In some emergencies, surgery may be needed as soon as possible. Putting off seeing a doctor may affect healing properly from a knee injury. Other signs and symptoms of knee pain that require immediate evaluation includes:
Unable to stand up or walk without severe knee pain
Large or puncture wounds
Swelling, if you are taking a blood thinner or have a bleeding disorder
Redness and the warm feeling in knee area