KNEE ORTHOPEDIC – SURGICAL & NONSURGICAL OPTIONS
The knee is the largest joint in the body. The upper and lower bones of the knee are separated by two discs (menisci). The upper leg bone (femur) and the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) are connected by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The surface of the bones inside the knee joint is covered by articular cartilage, which absorbs shock and provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint movement. See a picture of the structures of the knee.
Knee pain that comes on slowly, or as a result of activity that’s more strenuous than usual, can be managed at home. Knee pain that occurs from a relatively minor injury can often be safely observed for a day or two to see if self-care measures will be helpful. If you’ve experienced knee pain for more than a week or the pain prohibits you from walking comfortably, our doctors can help you to find the right treatment for you. At Sports Orthopedic Center our team of knee orthopedic specialists will help you get back to your physical activities as quickly as possible.
KNEE ORTHOPEDIC TREATMENT OPTIONS
There are some non-surgical and conservative therapies to consider for the treatment of your Knee pain:
- Rest: The doctor may recommend limiting the activities to allow the tissue to heal or try alternate activities that cause less discomfort.
- Ice: Put ice on your knee for 15 to 20 minutes a few times each day.
- Medications: Anti-Inflammatory medications may reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition.
- Injections: Corticosteroid injections to the affected portion of the hip can provide short-term pain relief and reduced inflammation, when medication is ineffective or not an option.
- Physical Therapy: Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY
“Minimally invasive” is an umbrella term for any surgery less invasive than traditional open surgery. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a condition that may require surgery. Minimally invasive surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions instead of a large opening. Because your surgeon will make smaller incisions, you will likely have a quicker recovery time and less pain than traditional open surgery but with the same benefits as traditional surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is performed through tiny incisions instead of a large opening. Because your surgeon will make smaller incisions, you will likely have a quicker recovery time and less pain than traditional open surgery but with the same benefits as traditional surgery.
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain
- Minimal to no scars
- Less blood loss
- Lower rate of complications
- Shorter hospital stay
KNEE MINIMALLY INVASIVE PROCEDURES
Joint replacement is considered as a treatment when there is severe joint pain or dysfunction is not alleviated by less-invasive therapies. As you review this website, make a note of anything you don’t understand. Your orthopedic surgeon will be happy to answer your questions so that you’ll feel comfortable with your chosen treatment plan.
- Conditions you can treat with an arthroscopy approach:
- Anterior/posterior ligament reconstruction
- Medial/Lateral collateral ligament rears.
- Meniscal tears.