KneeMany knee conditions can be treated through conservative methods, but some may require surgery to effectively relieve pain and restore function to the joint. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
- Knee Arthroscopy
- ACL Tear and Reconstruction
- Meniscectomy / Meniscal Repair
- Knee Replacement
- Revision Knee Replacement
- Cartilage Injury
- Knee Arthritis
At High Mountain Orthopedics, we focus on helping to relieve your pain and reduce the time it takes for you to heal. We provide a variety of treatments for common knee problems, including knee replacement, repair and knee arthroscopy. We also assist our patients with healing problems related to the spine, neck and back, shoulder, elbow and other joints.
What Is Knee Arthroscopy?
Knee arthroscopy is a surgical technique that helps diagnose and treat problems in your knee joint. During this procedure, the surgeon makes a very small incision in your knee and inserts a tiny camera, called an arthroscope, to get a better idea of your knee’s overall condition and internal health.
The camera, or arthroscope, captures and displays images for the surgeon that help guide them in their decision-making process of performing surgery.
Benefits Of Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy procedures are much less invasive than open surgery, so the recovery time is quicker and there is usually reduced pain for the patient as well.
This procedure is useful in diagnosing a range of knee problems, including:
- Persistent joint pain and joint stiffness
- Damaged cartilage
- Floating fragments of bone or cartilage
- Fluid buildup
Patients typically choose knee arthroscopy over other surgical procedures because arthroscopy offers:
- Less tissue damage
- Faster healing time
- Fewer stitches
- Less pain after the procedure
- Lower risk of infection, since smaller incisions are made
That being said, knee arthroscopy isn’t always for everyone. People with degenerative knee diseases or osteoarthritis, for example, may not benefit from a knee arthroscopy procedure.
People Who May Benefit From Knee Arthroscopy
Patients who experience persistent age-related or extensive wear-and-tear-related knee damage or those who have a painful condition that’s unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment may benefit the most from knee arthroscopy.
Knee arthroscopy can potentially help you maintain a normal and active lifestyle with greater comfort in your daily life.
Preparing For A Knee Arthroscopy
At High Mountain Orthopedics, we work with our patients closely to prepare them for their knee arthroscopy procedure. Sometimes that may involve gentle exercises, discontinuing over-the-counter medications or fasting for 12 hours or more before the procedure. Our doctors at High Mountain Orthopedics can provide you with all of the information you need to prepare.
Knee Arthroscopy At High Mountain Orthopedics
Whenever possible, High Mountain Orthopedics aims to use the least invasive methods possible. Of course, our ultimate goal is to restore function and relieve any knee pain you may be experiencing, and that means surgery is sometimes necessary to achieve a state where you’re feeling pain-free.
Find Out More Information About Knee Arthroscopy
The skilled physicians and well-trained staff at High Mountain Orthopedics are ready to assist you with common knee problems. Get help and relief from knee pain you’re experiencing by contacting our office by phone or filling out our online contact form. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you relieve chronic knee pain. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, call 973-595-7779, or call 973-321-1790 to arrange a meeting with someone in our physical therapy department.
As one of the knee’s major connective tissues, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) plays a key role in helping you accomplish everyday activities involving basic leg movements. Unfortunately, this means it’s also an area that often sustains damage during intensive physical activity, especially when that activity involves jarring changes in motion. Below, we explain ACL tear basics, explore signs and symptoms of the condition and examine common treatment options.
What Is an ACL Tear?
True to its name, an ACL tear is simply a tear in the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament, which serves as a connector between the thigh and shin bones. ACL tears can either be partial or complete, and the condition often requires varying levels of treatment based on severity. These tears can be caused by direct blows and various motions that cause stress to the knee, including quick changes in direction, improper jump landing and more.
Signs of ACL Tears
ACL tears are relatively easy to identify, because they’re often accompanied by a popping sound and sensation within the knee. Once the tear has occurred, other symptoms may include:
- Varying levels of pain and swelling
- Decreased range of motion
- Tenderness along the joint line
- Discomfort while walking
ACL Tear Treatment
Because of the ACL’s crucial role in overall mobility, it’s important to seek immediate treatment if you believe you’ve sustained an ACL tear. Treatment will often comprise basic first aid, including rest, ice, compression and elevation of the knee. More severe situations, however, may require physical therapy or ACL reconstruction surgery.
Available through High Mountain Orthopedics, ACL reconstruction surgery involves a surgeon replacing the damaged ligament with a graft.
You may qualify for ACL reconstruction surgery at High Mountain orthopedics if:
- You’ve sustained a complete or partial ACL tear
- Your knee remains unstable after completing a rehab program
- You suffer from chronic ACL deficiency that impacts your quality of life
- You’ve injured other parts of the knee
ACL Tear Treatment at High Mountain Orthopedics
Seeking an ACL tear treatment process that will get you back on your feet again? Contact the orthopedic experts at High Mountain Orthopedics to discuss your unique situation today.
What is a Meniscal Tear?
When torn cartilage in the knee is discussed, this is usually a reference to a meniscal tear. Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries, with athletes who play contact sports being at the highest risk for developing them. Sudden meniscal tears may occur when squatting and twisting the knee, or during direct contact (such as a tackle during football). Among older people, aged tissue is more tear-prone, and can make even slight, awkward twists when standing up from a chair a risk for injury.
You might have a Meniscal Tear if…
- You feel a ‘pop’ as the tear occurs.
- Your knee gradually stiffens and swells over a 2-3 day period
- You experience pain, stiffness, swelling, catching and/or locking within your knee
- You feel the acute sensation that your knee has ‘given way’
- You are unable to move your knee through its full range of motion
New Jersey Knee Replacement
Severe knee injuries and pain can prevent you from being as mobile as you should be. It can be difficult to stand, walk from your car into your house, or even climb stairs, and in some cases, you may have problems standing from a seated or lying position. Nonsurgical treatments are the preferred method to reduce pain and inflammation, but sometimes these methods aren’t enough. If that’s the case, knee replacement may be your best option. At High Mountain Orthopedics, our team of board-certified physicians can diagnose and treat your knee problems to help get you back on your feet again.
What Is Knee Replacement?
Knee replacement involves removing the damaged cartilage and a small amount of the underlying bone, positioning metal implants where the bone and cartilage are removed, resurfacing the knee cap with a plastic button, and finally inserting a spacer between the metal pieces to make them glide easily together. Our physicians are experienced in performing this type of procedure and can walk you through the steps and detail your recovery process during your surgical consultation.
Conditions That Require a Knee Replacement
The most common cause for knee pain and the need for knee replacement is due to normal wear and tear on the joint or arthritis due to age. This includes osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis due to a severe knee injury.
We typically recommend surgery when severe knee pain limits your everyday activities, including walking, climbing stairs, and standing, which is usually caused by the breakdown of the cartilage and the bone that limits movement. For some, walking more than a few blocks can result in significant pain, which necessitates using a walker or a cane.
Knee deformities, including a bowing in or out of the knee, may require surgical correction to relieve stress on the joints. Also, if you’ve been taking anti-inflammatory medications or steroids to help reduce the pain and they are not working, it may be time to consider surgery.
Knee pain that is accompanied by swelling and joint instability during daily activities is also a condition that may require surgery to fix.
At High Mountain Orthopedics, we also provide aftercare for your surgical procedures. We understand that the quality of care you receive after you leave the hospital is critical to your success. When you follow our recommended plan of recovery, you can regain strength and range of motions more quickly, resume independent living faster, and avoid any further complications.
After knee surgery, you’ll typically receive a release from one of our physicians within one to five days, depending on how well you are moving around. Before leaving the hospital, you’ll receive a list of strengthening exercises and instructions on when to follow up with our office. Patients typically recover from knee replacement surgery within three to six months if you follow your physician’s orders.
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you live in New Jersey and are experiencing knee pain, contact our board-certified orthopedic specialists at 973-595-7779 to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.
What is Revision Knee Replacement?
A revision knee replacement is a procedure that removes some or all of the parts of a patient’s original prosthesis to replace them with new ones. Although both procedures aim to relieve pain and improve function, revision surgery differs from total knee replacement in that it is a longer, more complex procedure with extensive planning that uses special implants and tools to achieve optimal results.
You might need Revision Knee Replacement if…
- Your knee implant loosens from its underlying bone, causing severe pain
- You have an infection
New Jersey Knee Cartilage Injury Treatment
Knee cartilage injuries are one of many reasons for chronic knee pain and a major source of mobility issues in individuals of all ages. This type of injury occurs when the rubbery tissue that acts as a cushion between the joints wears thin or becomes damaged. At High Mountain Orthopedics, our doctors work to identify the source of your pain and to offer a treatment plan that works.
What Is A Cartilage Injury?
Just like other joints in the body, the knees contain a type of cartilage or connective tissue that acts as a shock absorber when you walk, jump and run. This cartilage can become injured as the result of a traumatic injury, arthritis or repeated use. In some cases, the cartilage injury may be the result of a prior injury that didn’t heal correctly and one that causes no symptoms at first. Regardless of the type of cartilage injury you have, High Mountain Orthopedics can help identify the source and get you on the path to healing.
Identifying Knee Cartilage Injuries
Our doctors at High Mountain start by examining your knee for any noticeable signs of injury. It’s not always easy to diagnose the problem without diagnostic testing, because many knee problems can show similar symptoms. After the physical exam, our doctors may order an MRI to get detailed images of the inside of the knee. In some cases, we may perform arthroscopy, which uses a tube-like instrument that is inserted into the knee to examine and repair the joint. Arthroscopy usually helps us determine the extent of the damage to the knee so we can work with you to decide what to do next.
Types Of Knee Cartilage Injury Treatment Procedures
Once the underlying cause is determined, we offer several treatment options to help relieve your knee pain and get you back on your feet. These methods include:
- ACL Tear and Reconstruction Procedures. Reconstructive surgery involves removing the torn piece of ligament and replacing it with a part of a tendon from another part of the knee or from a deceased donor. Our experienced physicians have performed this procedure successfully many times.
- Knee Replacement. When extreme pain and weakness of the knee is caused by arthritis, our physicians may need to perform a complete knee replacement. This is usually done as a last resort after conventional methods like ice packs, pain medications and elevating the knee fail to work.
- Revision Knee Replacements. In some cases, a knee replacement wears out or fails to work and must be replaced with a new prosthesis. While this surgery is generally more complicated than the initial procedure, our team of doctors is qualified to help you get through the treatment from start to finish.
If you have been suffering from knee pain and aren’t sure what to do, our caring staff members and doctors at High Mountain Orthopedic can help. We take the time to completely diagnose the source of your pain, so we know exactly what treatment methods are appropriate. Contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (973) 595-7779 to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation or to arrange to meet with someone in our physical therapy department. You can also use our online contact form to make an inquiry after hours or if you prefer to be contacted by email.
Knee Arthritis Treatment In New Jersey
If you’re experiencing joint pain that’s preventing you from fulfilling your personal and professional commitments and enjoying your favorite activities, knee arthritis treatment may be the answer. At High Mountain Orthopedics, we’ve dedicated our practice to helping people just like you get back on their feet.
What Is Knee Arthritis?
Arthritis is one of the leading causes of knee pain, but there are several types of arthritis that could be at fault.
- Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. It is a degenerative, “wear-and-tear” type of arthritis that occurs most often in people 50 years of age and older, but may occur in younger people, too. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee joint gradually wears away.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is linked to autoimmune dysfunction and occurs when the body attacks itself. RA can affect any joint, including the knee.
Both OA and RA cause inflammation that can lead to serious debilitation. You may experience arthritis in one or both knees, and in some cases your knee pain could follow arthritis already discovered in other joints.
Symptoms, Causes And Risk Factors
The symptoms of knee arthritis differ depending on the type of arthritis and how far along the condition has progressed, but patients most often report any or all of the following:
- Knee joints that are increasingly stiff and/or swollen
- Impaired mobility, including difficulty bending and straightening the affected knee
- Pain and swelling that’s aggravated after sitting or resting and may be at its worst in the morning
- Flare-ups following intensive activity such as exercise
- Weakness in the knee that may cause buckling or other loss of support
- Spikes in pain that seem to correspond to bouts of rainy weather
- Physical deformity of the knee, such as bowlegs or knock-knees
Sometimes developing knee arthritis is just the luck of the draw, but certain lifestyle choices, past injuries and genetic contributions could make you more likely to get arthritis at some point in your life:
- Previous knee injuries, particularly those affecting the stability of the joint
- Being overweight
- Being female
- Age — the natural and inevitable wear and tear that comes with time can damage your joints
- A familial history of arthritis
- Loss of cartilage
- Another joint condition that could contribute to joint degeneration
- Repeated, long-term knee strain that comes with prolonged kneeling, squatting and bending, such as a baseball catcher, construction worker or PE teacher
Knee Arthritis Treatment
Treatment starts with a diagnosis. The moment you notice symptoms of arthritis, it’s essential you seek the advice of a qualified physician. Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination and take a detailed history before ordering tests commonly used to diagnose arthritis and other common knee conditions. X-rays are often the starting point for these imaging tests, but magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides far more detail, especially if your doctor wants to rule out problems unrelated to arthritis.
If your doctor suspects you may have a form of inflammatory arthritis, they’ll order lab tests to check your blood and examine fluid taken directly from the knee joint. That fluid could indicate a number of abnormalities including infection.
As for treatment, options range from noninvasive approaches such as stretching, anti-inflammatories, weight loss, heat and cold therapy and physical therapy to medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections and surgery. If your doctor recommends surgery, they’ll walk you through whatever type seems most appropriate. Some cases may call for a total knee replacement while other patients could benefit from minimally invasive knee arthroscopy, which uses small incisions and an arthroscope to diagnose and repair damage, or a knee osteotomy, which reshapes the knee to shift pressure and correct alignment.
Other Common Knee Procedures At High Mountain Orthopedics
Our team at High Mountain Orthopedics specializes in a number of other conditions and procedures including knee arthroscopy, ACL tear and reconstruction procedures, knee replacement and revision knee replacements. We also see patients for conditions affecting the spine, neck and back; shoulder; foot and ankle; elbow; hand and wrist; and hip.
How To Get Help
Whether you’re just starting to seek answers for unexplained joint pain or want a second opinion on which knee arthritis treatment is best for you, you’ve come to the right place. Visit us at our offices in Wayne, Englewood and Paramus, New Jersey, and discover just how compassionate and skilled our team truly is. For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact us today.
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