Knee Pain Specialist

David Shaskey, MD -  - Rheumatologist

Millcreek Rheumatology

David Shaskey, MD

Rheumatologist located in Salt Lake City, UT

If knee pain takes you out of the game or stops you from daily activities like going up the stairs, it’s time to get comprehensive care from David Shaskey, MD, at Millcreek Rheumatology. As a skilled physician with extensive experience in sports medicine and taking care of joints, Dr. Shaskey develops treatment plans that ease your pain while restoring knee function. If you need help with knee pain, call the office in Salt Lake City, Utah, or book an appointment online today.

Knee Pain Q&A

What causes knee pain?

Sports injuries are one of the top causes of knee pain. You may take a direct hit to the knee during a game, or you may tear the soft tissues when you suddenly pivot or execute a sidestep cutting maneuver.

You may also develop an overuse injury as repetitive movements can cause inflammation and tear tissues like ligaments, tendons, and muscles. As you get older, degenerative changes are most likely to cause knee pain.

A few of the most common problems that are responsible for knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Torn meniscus
  • Runner’s knee
  • Ligament injuries

As adolescents go through growth spurts, they’re vulnerable to swelling and irritation of the growth plate at the top of their shinbone. This condition, called Osgood-Schlatter disease, causes pain just below the kneecap.

What symptoms develop along with knee pain? 

The conditions that lead to knee pain typically cause other symptoms, such as:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Stiffness and limited movement
  • Clicking or popping
  • Locked knee joint
  • Inability to straighten your knee
  • Inability to put weight on your knee 

If instability develops due to a ligament injury, your knee may also feel like it’s about to give out.

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Shaskey reviews your medical history and symptoms and does a physical exam before deciding if you need X-rays, an ultrasound, or other diagnostic tests.

As a specialist in all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine, he develops a customized treatment plan that begins with the most appropriate conservative therapies. 

Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following: 

  • Activity modification
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Temporary immobilization
  • Bracing and splinting
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy 

Physical therapy and rehabilitation are essential as you recover from knee pain. These therapies promote healing, reduce the pain, improve your range of motion, and strengthen the muscles that support your knee joint. 

A few knee conditions may require surgery right from the start. For example, a ruptured ligament, torn meniscus, or complex fracture may need surgery to repair the tissues and ensure proper healing.

The expert care at Millcreek Rheumatology can help alleviate your knee pain and get you back into action. To schedule an appointment, call the office or request an appointment online today.