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The specialty-trained knee doctors at Desert Orthopaedic Center, located in Las Vegas and Henderson, are regional experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating knee injuries and conditions.

Knee injuries often occur when the knee is in use, whether a person is at work, playing a sport, or using the knee in another way. But knee issues can also develop over time when a person isn’t even aware.The most common is the simple wear and tear that occurs when you use your knees in daily life over the years—such as bending down to pick up an item, walking up the stairs, or exercising. Diseases, such as arthritis, can also bring about pain. Because the knee is a weight-bearing joint, it means it not only undergoes stress due to use but also undergoes strain due to the weight that is put on it. One way to understand this is to think of a person’s own body weight—if that person is obese, the knee joints will undergo more stress than a person who is of average weight. Therefore, an obese person is at a higher risk for knee pain.

Common Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Dislocation
  • Fracture to the patella (kneecap)
  • Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ripped or torn tendons
  • Trauma to the cartilage or bone

Common Symptoms

If you are suffering from any of the following common symptoms, it is recommended you seek nonsurgical care or surgical treatment from a doctor near you:

  • Inability to bend the knee
  • Knee gives way when in use
  • Kneecap-specific pain
  • Popping sounds or snapping sensations
  • Stiffness in the joint
  • Swelling or redness
  • Walking with the leg held straight to avoid bending it

Common Procedures

At Desert Orthopaedic Center, our specialists understand that pain can impact the quality of life for a patient. While conservative or minimally invasive treatment options are recommended first, your injury or condition may require a more advanced type of treatment, such as surgery. Our surgeons use the newest techniques and technology.

Some common procedures or techniques our knee and sports medicine surgeons use include the following:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopy of the knee
  • Knee replacement and revision
  • Ligament repair and reconstruction
  • Meniscal repair

Our doctors are committed to delivering specialized care and a customized treatment plan focused on the needs of the patient so our patients are able to return to their daily activities quickly and safely.

Contact us today to consult with a knee specialist at Desert Orthopaedic Center located in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada. Please call (702) 731-4088 or request an appointment online to be seen at our CentralNorthwestSouthwest, West Central, or Henderson office.


With years of experience and advanced training devoted to orthopaedic care, our specialty-trained doctors at Desert Orthopaedic Center are the region's experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating knee injuries and conditions, and they are dedicated to working with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan suited to your unique needs and goals.

Our knee surgeons, Dr. John Baldauf, Dr. Roger Fontes, Dr. Matthew Fouse, Dr. Kyle HancockDr. Chad Hanson, Dr. Lawrence Huff, Dr. Parminder Kang, Dr. Michael Miao, Dr. Russell NevinsDr. Steven Nishiyama, Dr. Timothy Sutherland, Dr. Craig Tingey, Dr. Richard Winder, and Dr. Richard Woodworth, have the knowledge and expertise to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your injury or condition.

To consult with a knee doctor at our practice, please request an appointment online or call (702) 731-4088 to be seen at one of our offices conveniently located in Las Vegas or Henderson, Nevada.

Helpful Knee Wellness Tips From Our Doctors

Ensure you are wearing the proper footwear based on the exercise or activity. Save the heels for special occasions and try to avoid wearing them for long periods of time.


Low-impact exercises cannot only help you avoid knee pain, but it may also help reduce the pain you may be currently experiencing. Examples of low-impact exercises may include rowing, walking, cycling, and utilizing the stair master or an elliptical machine.


Avoid slouching and adjust your posture at your desk by sitting upright.

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