Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help your knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems that can cause pain and difficulty walking. Knee problems are very common, and anyone can have them. Mechanical knee problems are caused by a direct blow or sudden movement that strains the knee, or osteoarthritis in the knee, resulting from wear and tear on the parts. Inflammatory knee problems can result from certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosis (lupus). These diseases cause swelling that can damage the knees permanently.
We see patients of all ages with knee problems, from toddlers to the elderly.
Some of the Knee Conditions We Treat
We treat all acute (sudden onset) and chronic (long-term) knee conditions, including:
- ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL injuries (all ligament injuries)
- Arthritis of the knee
- Cartilage injuries
- Chondromalacia - softening of the knee's cartilage cap
- Dislocated kneecaps
- Knee dislocation
- Knee pain
- Meniscus injuries
Diagnosing Knee Conditions
To make our diagnosis, we start with your clinical exam, conduct a thorough health history, talk with you about your pattern of symptoms and take X-rays. Depending on what your X-rays show, further imaging, such as a CT scan, MRI, ultrasound or arthrogram, may be required. Our Radiology Services are state of the art and will help us determine how to treat your condition.
Treating Knee Injuries and Conditions
Note: If you have suffered any knee trauma, seek treatment right away. Failure to do so risks further complications, such as chronic instability, weakness, pain or malunion (where a fracture heals in a bad position that is difficult to undo). Getting that diagnosis quickly means we can treat you while the injury is simpler to treat. But, even if a problem has been misdiagnosed or is a long-term issue, we can still help. Treatment varies widely, depending on the problem. If the problem is not severe, your doctor may recommend RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and will tell you exactly what to do.
Surgery for Knee Conditions
If we are able to effectively treat you without surgery, we will. But if you’ve already been treated without a good outcome, or you have a severe issue, we will discuss your surgical options and help you decide which option is best for you. We see hundreds of patients with knee problems every year, ranging from simple sprains to severe ACL tears. We are on the forefront of orthopaedic technology, offering advanced techniques and developing new procedures for difficult problems. Some of the knee surgery solutions we offer include:
- Arthroscopy - Performed with a scope, this surgery is minimally invasive.
- Open surgery - Traditional surgery is sometimes the best option.
Contact Us / Make an Appointment
- Orthopaedics, 734-936-5780
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR), 734-936-7175
- Rheumatology, 888-229-3065
You're about to make an important decision, and we want to help you make a good one. We have decades of experience successfully diagnosing and treating knee injuries and conditions. Visit our Contact Us page to see a list of Musculoskeletal Call Centers. Our staff will be glad to talk with you about your options and how we can help.