If you suffer from knee or hip pain, you know the most basic of everyday activities can become miserable chores. When you start to avoid walking, bending, climbing stairs and other physical activities, it’s time to talk to your physician. Pain in the knees and hips may have many causes that include arthritis, injury or deformity. While some pain is eliminated with over-the-counter medications, ice and rest, other causes of pain may require a physician’s intervention. An experienced orthopedic surgeon will assess your pain and its causes and explain your available options such as medication, physical therapy or knee replacement surgery.