Knee

Many 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.
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What is Knee Arthroscopy?

A knee arthroscopy is a procedure used to examine, diagnose, and treat problems inside the elbow joint. Your surgeon will insert a small camera into the knee joint to capture and display images that will be used to guide the procedure. The methods for knee arthroscopy are less involved than those required for standard, open surgery, and therefore result in reduced pain and a shorter recovery time period.

You might need Knee Arthroscopy if…

  • You experience persistent age and/or wear-and-tear-related knee damage
  • You have a painful condition that is unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment
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
What is Knee Replacement?

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure that resurfaces an arthritis-damaged knee. This procedure might be recommended for patients who have either severe arthritis or a severe knee injury. Additionally, the procedure aims to relieve knee pain that cannot be controlled by other treatments.

You might need Knee Replacement if…

  • You suffer from osteoarthritis (breakdown of joint cartilage)
  • You have cartilage and bone damage that limits movement and causes pain
  • Your knee swells or ‘gives way’ due to joint instability and/or increased pain during daily activities such as walking or bending
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
What is Cartilage Injury?

Cartilage injury is the damage of one of three types of cartilage: elastic, fibrocartilage, or articular cartilage. Cases of cartilage damage are most common among people under 35 years of age, are more likely to emerge in patients who are active and involved in sports, and involve mild, sometimes even undetectable damage.

You might have a Cartilage Injury if…

  • You have swelling, joint pain, stiffness, and a decreased range of movement in the affected joint
What is Knee Arthritis?

Knee arthritis is the inflammation of your knee joint(s). The inflammation of a diseased knee commonly causes pain and stiffness in the affected area. More so than other joint in the body that may be affected by arthritis, it is especially common in the knee. Knee arthritis can make it hard to do many daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, which can lead to serious debilitation.

You might have Knee Arthritis if…

  • Your joint becomes stiff and/or swollen, increasing difficulty to bend and straighten the knee
  • Your pain and swelling worsens during the morning, or after sitting or resting
  • Intensive activity results in sudden flare-ups
  • You experience weakness or buckling in the knee
  • You note increased joint pain with rainy weather

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