Knee Pain Specialist

Restore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Ariana DeMers, D.O.

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Sonora, CA

The knee is the largest joint in your body, making it susceptible to a host of injuries that may cause pain. Orthopedic surgeon Ariana DeMers, DO, expertly provides accurate diagnoses and treatments for a wide spectrum of knee injuries at Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sonora, California. Dr. DeMers finds that most knee injuries can be treated successfully without surgery when addressed early, so don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician, Dr. DeMers is skilled in diagnosing and treating a broad range of ailments that affect the knee. Common causes of knee pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bone fractures
  • Dislocated kneecap
  • Knee sprains and strains
  • Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome
  • Ligament tears, such as a torn ACL
  • Cartilage damage, such as a torn meniscus

Whatever the root cause of your knee pain may be, Dr. DeMers provides an accurate diagnosis and the most conservative therapy possible.

What symptoms indicate a knee injury?

Aside from knee pain, you may experience other symptoms that suggest a knee injury. Common symptoms of knee problems include:

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Redness or warmth in the knee joint
  • Knee weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching noises
  • Inability to straighten your knee fully

Symptoms may be worse in the morning and decrease throughout the day. If you experience any of these symptoms in addition to knee pain, call Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for expert treatment.

How do you diagnose and treat knee pain?

First, Dr. DeMers performs a comprehensive exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. She may also run diagnostic tests, such as an MRI, to further determine the source of your knee pain.

Once she diagnoses the cause of your knee pain, Dr. DeMers develops a customized treatment plan that begins with the most conservative therapy possible. Depending on the nature and scope of your knee injury, treatment may include:

Nonsurgical treatment

Dr. DeMers may recommend guided physical therapy to improve mobility and strengthen the muscles around your knee.

She also offers regenerative therapies, such as injections with stem cells and platelet-rich plasma. These injections use healing factors from your own blood to promote and enhance healing of damaged tissues.  

Minimally invasive surgery

For injuries that require surgery, Dr. DeMers uses advanced, minimally invasive techniques, such as arthroscopy. Using specialized instruments, Dr. DeMers can treat injuries through a very small incision and avoid open surgery.

The PRICE method

Dr. DeMers recommends the PRICE protocol to encourage healing at home after your initial treatment is complete:

  • Protection: Use support or stability equipment
  • Rest: Keep your knee immobilized to allow for healing
  • Ice: Ice your knee for 10-15 minutes every 1-2 hours
  • Compression: Wrap your knee
  • Elevation: Keep your knee above your heart

With cutting-edge, conservative therapies, Dr. DeMers will strive to get you back to your favorite activities as quickly and safely as possible. Call Restore Orthopedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.