Knee Pain

Richard Goding, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa

Richard Goding, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Des Moines, IA & Corydon, IA

Your knees absorb much of the force generated when you stand, walk, run, or jump, which makes them vulnerable to degenerative conditions and acute injuries. At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa, Richard Goding, MD, diagnoses the cause of knee pain and provides customized treatments to repair your knees, reduce your pain, and get you back to your regular activities. Don’t ignore your knee pain. Call the office nearest you or make an appointment online today.

Knee Pain

What are the common causes of knee pain?

Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of knee pain. Over time, the cartilage that cushions and lubricates your knees wears away, leading to irritation, inflammation, pain, and stiffness. However, a wide range of acute and chronic conditions can also cause knee pain, including:

  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Chondromalacia patella (cartilage damage under your knee cap)
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Meniscus tears 
  • Cruciate and lateral ligament tears
  • Sprains and strains
  • Overuse
  • Infections

Your risk of knee pain is higher if you’re overweight, have a sedentary lifestyle, or have a physically demanding career. You might also have an increased chance of knee pain if you’re an athlete at any level of play.

How is knee pain diagnosed?

At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa, Dr. Goding provides comprehensive exams to diagnose the cause of your knee pain. 

During your physical exam, he feels your knee for swelling and deformities. He might ask you to stand or walk around the office or hold your painful joint as he bends and stretches your leg.

Dr. Goding might also order X-rays and MRIs to examine the inside of your knee. In some cases, he might perform arthroscopic surgery to diagnose the issue causing your knee pain.

How is knee pain treated?

In addition to treatments like medication, joint injections, and physical therapy, Dr. Goding also provides cutting edge knee pain therapies, including COOLIEF*, subchondroplasty, and collagen meniscus implants. 


COOLIEF is a cooled radiofrequency treatment that reduces and eliminates knee pain by blocking nerve pain signals. The procedure is FDA-cleared, doesn’t require an incision or overnight hospital stay, and has a quicker recovery period.


Subchondroplasty is another minimally invasive knee repair procedure. Dr. Goding injects calcium phosphate into the lesions created in the early stages of arthritis, which slows the progression of the disease and reduces your pain. 

Collagen Meniscus Implant

Your meniscus is the disc of collagen in your knee that cushions your upper leg (femur) and lower leg (tibia) bones in your knee. If your knee pain is due to a torn or damaged meniscus, Dr. Goding transplants an FDA-approved collagen meniscus implant to repair your knee and reduce your pain. 

If you’re living with knee pain, get expert treatment today. Call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa or make an appointment online today.