As the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained knee doctors at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute have the experience, knowledge, and expertise to diagnose and treat knee injuries and conditions.

The knee is essential, as it absorbs the full weight of a patient's body when in use. There is also an additional force that's placed on the knee when an individual is performing a high-intensity activity. Because of this extra stress, the knee is more vulnerable to damage and injury. Athletes are at high risk for knee injuries, particularly those who participate in sports that involve jumping, running, or pivoting. Older patients are another group of people who are apt to experience knee pain from the tear and wear put on the joint over time. This gradual degeneration usually results in the development of arthritis. Knee doctors can evaluate and diagnose the source of knee pain and offer treatment solutions to regain function and help eliminate the pain.

When It's Time to Visit a Knee Doctor

Expressing whatever symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor can help them to provide you with the best knee care. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should contact a knee doctor near you:

  • Inability to bend or straighten the knee without pain
  • Knee gives out when standing up and trying to walk
  • Knee joint locks up
  • Lump on or under the kneecap
  • Snapping or popping sensations
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Throbbing or searing pain

These symptoms could be an indication that you have a more serious medical injury or condition, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Damaged cartilage or tendon
  • Dislocation
  • Kneecap (patellar) fracture
  • Ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL)
  • Meniscus tears
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Popping sound followed by severe pain
  • Runner's knee
  • Shinbone fracture
  • Sports-related injury
  • Tendonitis

Many knee injuries and conditions can be treated through conservative methods. However, there are some cases where surgery is the best option for providing patients full relief and restoring normal function. If knee surgery is deemed necessary, our knee surgeons have performed hundreds of complex knee surgeries and returned patients to their lives, functioning at their highest capacity. Our surgeons specialize in a variety of surgical treatments, which include:

  • ACL reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Knee revision surgery
  • Minimally invasive total knee replacement 
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Unicompartmental knee replacement

Our doctors understand that pain in your knee can make everyday activities difficult. To schedule a consultation with one of our knee specialists, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online.

We also offer our walk-in Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat knee injuries that require immediate attention. Available at our Portage location, our urgent care is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., with no appointment needed.

Keeping You in Motion at Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute

The most important decision you will make regarding your care is finding an experienced doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your knee pain.

At Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, our board-certified knee surgeons, Bruce J. Thoma, M.D., Paul J. Gruszka, M.D., Thomas H. Kay, M.D., David J. Musgrave, M.D., Anthony C. Levenda, M.D., Ryan J. Plank, M.D., John A. Guzzo, M.D., Eric K. Szczesniak, M.D., Michael E. Kralovec, M.D., Scott P. Fielder, M.D., and Thomas D. Magill, M.D., are skilled in treating a variety of knee injuries and conditions. Our knee doctors place a high value on excellent patient care and only use the most innovative techniques and state-of-the-art procedures. Our knee doctors also work in conjunction with our physical therapy team to reach each patient’s personal goals in recovery.

To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced knee surgeons, please call (219) 921-1444 or request an appointment online