Knee Pain Specialist

Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine

Michael C. Geraci, Jr., MD, PT

Physical Medicine & Sports Medicine located in Williamsville, NY

Your knees are the largest and most complex joint in your body. They provide support, front-and-back movement, side-to-side movement, and rotation. Given all these duties, it’s no wonder that knee pain is common. Michael C. Geraci Jr., MD offers his patients in Williamsville, New York, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all types of knee problems at Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine. With a human touch from beginning to end, he and his team help patients move about freely again. If you have knee pain, call or book an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What is the structure of the knee?

Because your knee is so large and complex, it is vulnerable to injury and pain. It’s helpful to take a look at the structure of your knee to get a better idea of what can go wrong. Your knees include:

  • Three bones, including your femur, your tibia, and your patella
  • Cartilage, which covers the surface of your bones to help them glide together more easily
  • Menisci, wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that provide shock absorption
  • Ligaments, both collateral and cruciate
  • Tendons

Collectively, these structures provide your knee with stability, support, and movement. And when something goes wrong in one of these areas, it can significantly impact your mobility.

What are the typical causes of knee pain?

The most common causes of knee pain include:

  • Fractures
  • Ligament injuries or tears
  • Dislocation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Meniscal tears
  • Tendon injuries or tears
  • Bursitis

Each of your knees contains several ligaments that support your knee from every angle. Ligament tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) aren't uncommon.

How is knee pain diagnosed and treated?

If you’re experiencing knee pain, it’s critical that you see Dr. Geraci as soon as possible, within 24 to 48 hours if possible.

During your exam, Dr. Geraci reviews your medical history and your symptoms and then performs a functional analysis of your core strength. Using advanced diagnostic ultrasound imaging, he zeros in on the source of your knee pain and generates a treatment plan that best fits your situation and your goals.

To spare you from aggressive surgical interventions, Dr. Geraci may turn to numerous treatments to alleviate your knee pain, including:

  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • Manual medicine
  • Functional rehabilitation
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Prescription medications, but sparingly and only when needed
  • Physical therapy, both in-office and at-home

If you do need surgery, Dr. Geraci refers you to a specialist and then works with you afterward to rehabilitate your knee.

If your knee is in pain, get expert help at Geraci Spine and Sports Medicine by calling now.