Orthopedic Knee Specialist Offering Cutting-Edge Treatments in Lafayette, LA
Knee pain is very common, so there’s a good chance you will need to seek medical attention for a knee condition at some point in your life (if you haven’t already). Whether you recently sustained a sports-related knee injury or you’ve been dealing with knee arthritis for some time, you are welcome to consult with Peter D. Vizzi, MD, an orthopedic knee specialist who practices in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Vizzi is widely regarded as an expert in evaluating and treating knee conditions, and he offers the latest diagnostic and treatment options in a convenient and comfortable setting.
Why Is Knee Pain So Common?
The knee is a complex and hardworking joint that connects the upper leg bone (femur) to the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) via an intricate structure of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Because the knee endures considerable stress—not only during athletic activities but also through daily wear and tear—it is susceptible to a variety of painful conditions. Whether your knee pain was caused by a traumatic injury, such as a joint dislocation or ligament tear; an overuse injury, such as runner’s knee; or a degenerative condition that has progressed over time, such as osteoarthritis, the best way to find effective relief is to have your knee evaluated by an orthopedic specialist.
Signs That You Should See an Orthopedic Knee Specialist
Here are some symptoms you should pay attention to:
- Severe pain in or behind your knee or within your kneecap
- A popping sound or grinding sensation when you move your knee
- A feeling that your knee is “about to give out” while you are walking, running, or jumping
- An inability to walk or otherwise move your knee without pain
- Swelling in your knee or calf
Why is it important to see an orthopedic knee specialist? When not properly diagnosed and addressed early on, some knee conditions such as osteoarthritis can continue to worsen, cause severe pain and, in advanced cases, ultimately require surgery. Similarly, ligament injuries such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear, or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear may require a reconstructive repair. In some cases, these procedures can be performed using minimally invasive techniques that minimize disruption to surrounding tissues, which can lead to a faster recovery.
As an experienced orthopedic knee specialist, Dr. Vizzi understands that knee pain can disrupt your life and make even simple, everyday tasks a challenge to complete. He is committed to providing personalized treatment, and after assessing your condition he can help you overcome your knee pain as quickly as possible.
To request an appointment with Dr. Vizzi, please contact his office in Lafayette, LA, today.