Knee Pain Specialist

Chris Boone, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Bellevue, WA

Knee pain affects about 25% of adolescents and adults. While an injury is likely to cause knee pain at a younger age, older adults face the progressive pain caused by osteoarthritis. Dr. Christopher R. Boone has extensive experience diagnosing and treating knee pain, beginning with conservative therapies and treatments to alleviate the pain, while also offering expertise in robot-assisted knee replacement when needed. To get expert treatment, call the office in Bellevue, Washington, or schedule an appointment using the online booking feature.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain?

Your knees carry the weight of your body while walking, running, and bearing the stress of high-demand activities. As a result, knees are incredibly susceptible to injuries and degenerative disease.

Some of the most common causes of knee pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Meniscal tears
  • Tendon tears
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Kneecap dislocation or fracture
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Runner’s knee (patellofemoral pain syndrome)


What symptoms develop in addition to knee pain?

The problems that cause your knee pain typically lead to additional symptoms such as:

  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Limited movement
  • Knee instability or giving way
  • Catching or locking of your knee
  • Clicking sound when you bend the knee


How is knee pain treated?

If your knee pain is due to a fracture or certain injuries like a torn meniscus, you may need surgery as the first line of treatment. Otherwise, Dr. Boone always starts with conservative options.

Your treatment may include physical therapy and injections, such as steroids to reduce inflammation and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to accelerate healing and stimulate new tissue production.

When nonsurgical treatments fail to relieve the pain and loss of mobility caused by osteoarthritis, Dr. Boone may recommend a partial or total knee replacement.

If your osteoarthritis has only damaged one area of the knee, Dr. Boone may perform a partial replacement. Depending on the ligaments in your knee you may also be a candidate for a total ligament sparing knee replacement or what is called an XR knee replacement. Whether you undergo a partial or total joint replacement, the doctor first removes the damaged cartilage and some of the bone, replaces the bone with a metal or ceramic prosthesis, and inserts a plastic spacer to take on the role of the new cartilage.


What are the benefits of robot-assisted knee replacement?

Dr. Boone has extensive experience performing partial and total knee replacements using two systems, Stryker Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology and the Smith & Nephew NAVIO™ Surgical System.

Both robot-assisted systems — one a freestanding robotic arm and the other a handheld device — are controlled by Dr. Boone during your procedure. First, he uses the system to create detailed 3D images of your joint, and then the image is used to plan and guide your surgery. The end result is the placement of your new hip or knee in a position that fits your personal anatomy.

Dr. Boone uses the Mako and NAVIO to prepare the joint by removing damaged tissues and then to implant the prosthetic components. The robotic systems provided real-time feedback throughout your surgery, ensuring better bone preparation and exceptionally accurate prosthetic alignment.

If you suffer from knee pain, schedule an appointment online or call Dr. Christopher R. Boone.