Knee Pain Specialist

Elan J Golan, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Elan J Golan, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Snellville, Hamilton Mill, Dacula, Braselton, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Loganville and Grayson, GA

More than half of sports injuries today involve the knees. If you experience serious knee pain — commonly the first warning sign of a potentially serious knee injury — Elan Golan, MD, is here to help in his Snellville, Georgia, office. With his extensive expertise in knee injury, knee reconstruction, and revision knee surgery, he’s the specialist of choice for both amateur and professional athletes seeking a fast but safe recovery. Call the office, or book your consultation using the online scheduler now.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain in athletes?

Because your knee is a very complex joint, knee pain is one of the most common issues that athletes face today. Many different sports injuries can cause knee pain, including: 

  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendon or muscle strains
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Knee dislocation
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
  • Collateral ligament injury
  • Torn meniscus

These sports injuries can happen in a number of ways but are particularly common in athletes who regularly make cutting, twisting, or sprinting movements. 

What are the symptoms of a knee injury?

Knee pain, which may be on-and-off or constant, is usually the first sign of a knee injury. Your knee discomfort may range from mild tenderness to extreme pain. Some other signs of a knee injury include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Popping sensation or sound
  • Locking when you try to move your knee
  • Difficulty bending your knee
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your knee

If you have knee pain or other injury symptoms, stop your activity right away and see Dr. Golan for an assessment. Trying to play on an injured knee has an extremely high risk of worsening your injury and prolonging your recovery. 

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Golan conducts a comprehensive knee assessment to determine the cause of your knee pain. He prescribes a treatment plan focused on pain relief and returning to an active life. 

Treatment normally starts with nonoperative measures to minimize pain and stimulate healing. During this healing period, you must modify your activities and participate in physical therapy for maximum results. 

Should non-surgical care not work for your knee pain, Dr. Golan can perform minimally invasive surgery to restore your knee. He specializes in advanced knee reconstruction techniques, including multi-ligament knee injuries, ACL injuries, quadriceps-based ACL graft, and revision ACL procedures. 

Dr. Golan is one of only a few Atlanta-area surgeons to offer membrane-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI), which uses cartilage from your own knee to help you grow new cartilage.

In many cases, Dr. Golan performs arthroscopic knee surgery, a procedure requiring very small incisions. Arthroscopy minimizes muscle damage, infection risk, bleeding, scarring, and pain while allowing for a much quicker recovery than traditional large-incision surgery. 

After knee surgery, Dr. Golan prescribes a customized recovery plan that's tailored for your particular sport. This ensures that you achieve the most rapid return to your sport without risking your long-term knee health. 

Knee pain isn't just inconvenient for an athlete. Untreated, it can become disabling. Elan Golan, MD, can help you get back to normal and stop your pain, so book your appointment online or call the office now.