Knee Pain Specialist

Thomas C. Apostle, DO -  - Physical Medicine

Thomas C. Apostle, DO

Specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, & specializing in Psychiatry. Located in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Westlake, CA

Your knees are vulnerable to a variety of injuries and degenerative conditions. Thomas C. Apostle, DO, provides expert diagnosis and treatment for knee pain at his practice’s three locations in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Westlake Village, California. Call Dr. Apostle to schedule a consultation today to find out what’s causing your knee pain and get personalized treatment.

Knee Pain Q & A

What are the common causes of knee pain?

Your knees are strong, durable joints, but they’re still vulnerable to painful injuries and degenerative conditions. They absorb at least 1½ times your body weight with every step you take, and over time, the wear-and-tear can lead to pain.

Some of the common causes of knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout 
  • Ligament strains and tears
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Baker’s cysts
  • Meniscus tears
  • Dislocated patella (kneecap)
  • Fractures

You can have knee pain from an acute injury, or your pain can develop slowly following repetitive use or tissue degeneration.

When should I talk to a doctor about knee pain?

You should never ignore pain. It’s how your body signals that something is wrong. Most mild injuries subside with a few days of rest and at-home care, including ice and over-the-counter pain relievers. If your pain persists or gets worse, you should call Dr. Apostle. 

Additionally, if you have a severe injury or visible deformity, you should seek immediate treatment. You should also make an appointment right away if your pain prevents you from fully extending or bending your knee or interferes with your mobility.

How is the cause of knee pain diagnosed?

Dr. Apostle uses a thorough exam to identify the condition causing your knee pain. After reviewing your medical history and symptoms, he asks about any injuries that could contribute to your pain and other lifestyle factors. 

During your physical exam, Dr. Apostle feels your knee for inflammation and deformity. He gently extends and flexes your knee and asks you to walk around the office so he can see how your pain affects your gait and mobility.

In some cases, Dr. Apostle orders imaging studies, including X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans, to examine the internal structures of your knee in more detail. 

How is knee pain treated?

Once Dr. Apostle completes your diagnosis, he creates a customized treatment to heal your knee and relieve your pain. 

Dr. Apostle takes a holistic approach to medicine and might recommend additional therapies and lifestyle modifications to improve your overall health and reduce the stress on your knees. 

Some of the conventional treatments for knee pain include:

  • Medication
  • Immobilization 
  • Joint injections
  • Joint aspiration
  • Physical therapy

Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Apostle might recommend surgery to repair your knee. 

Call Dr. Apostle today to make an appointment if you have persistent knee pain that interferes with your life.