Carlos A Uquillas, M.D.
Sports Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, & Anaheim, CA
Knee pain is a disabling problem because your knees are critical to so many of your daily activities. Whether you’re a competitive athlete with a torn meniscus or a senior with osteoarthritis, Carlos Uquillas, MD, can treat your knee pain at his Los Angeles offices in Pasadena and Westchester, and in San Fernando Valley/Tarzana, California. A fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Uquillas provides a range of effective nonsurgical treatments for knee pain and minimally invasive surgeries for the most severely affected patients. Call the office near you today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.
What causes knee pain?
Several conditions can affect the function and health of your knee. Acute knee pain that lasts less than three months is often caused by muscle sprains and strains. Chronic knee pain can develop from trauma or from overuse of the soft tissues in your knee.
Underlying medical conditions, like arthritis, can lead to chronic knee pain. Your knees are particularly vulnerable to arthritis due to the weight they support and the number of movements they make. The most common type of arthritis — osteoarthritis — develops if the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones in your knees wears away and allows your bones to rub together.
Sports injuries are also common causes of chronic knee pain. If you do any kind of intense exercise, especially if you play sports and do a lot of training, your knees are under a great deal of strain.
Movements like jumping and turning at speed, ask a lot of your knees. If you land awkwardly or twist your legs, it can overstrain the connective tissues in your knees and lead to painful tears.
What types of injuries cause knee pain?
Knee injuries that Dr. Uquillas treats most often include:
- Sprains and strains
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears
- Meniscus tears
- Patellar tendinitis (runner's knee)
Because so many things can cause knee pain, you must get an accurate diagnosis to receive the appropriate treatment.
An orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Uquillas has the expertise and experience to identify the cause of your knee pain and ensure you receive the best treatment.
How is knee pain treated?
After Dr. Uquillas diagnoses the cause of your knee pain, he creates a personalized treatment plan. The initial steps in your plan usually include using braces to immobilize your knee and over-the-counter medications to ease the pain. You could also benefit from physical therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding your knee joint.
If these treatments don’t reduce your knee pain, Dr. Uquillas offers regenerative medicine therapies using stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. These treatments trigger your body’s own ability to heal damaged tissue internally. Stem cells can change into any cell type to repair damaged bone, ligaments, and muscles without surgery.
Dr. Uquillas is a conservative, data-driven surgeon who explores many options before advising surgery as a solution. If you require surgery for knee pain, Dr. Uquillas is highly skilled in doing procedures like:
- Articular cartilage transplantation
- Knee arthroscopy
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- ACL reconstruction
If your knees are causing constant pain, get the right diagnosis and the most effective treatment by calling the office of Carlos Uquillas, MD, nearest you today or by booking an appointment online.