Your knee is especially vulnerable to injuries because it bears the weight of your upper body, a stress that substantially increases when you run, jump, or carry heavy objects. When overuse, an injury, or degenerative changes cause knee pain, you can depend on the expert physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists to diagnose the cause and develop a customized treatment plan that provides pain relief. Call one of the offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Fractures of your kneecap or patella usually occur from a direct blow, such as sports-related trauma, a fall, or a car accident. Your knee can also be affected when the upper shin bone fractures, extending into the knee joint.
Muscle strains occur when any activity stretches the muscle beyond its tolerance, causing small tears that become inflamed and painful. Soft tissue injuries often treated by the Barrington Orthopedic physicians include:
Ligament injuries frequently involve the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), but you can also damage your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
The meniscus consists of cartilage that cushions the space where your upper and lower leg bones meet in the knee joint. Cartilage absorbs shock, distributes the weight load evenly across your knee, and allows the bones to move smoothly.
Meniscus tears often occur when you twist your knee, but they can also develop gradually due to degeneration. The severity of the tear determines the type of treatment.
Minor tears may heal and regain strength with physical therapy. Severe tears, or those that don’t respond to conservative treatment, may need arthroscopic surgery to perform meniscus repair or meniscectomy, a procedure to remove damaged tissue.
Your knees are vulnerable to osteoarthritis due to stress and degeneration from repetitive movement while supporting your body weight.
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis, occurs as wear and tear erode cartilage. Your knees can also develop rheumatoid arthritis or post-traumatic arthritis.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome refers to pain that originates where your kneecap attaches to your thighbone. Your knee normally glides through a groove in the thighbone, but it can be thrown off track by an imbalance in muscles or body movement. Activities like running, tennis, basketball, and skiing increase your risk for patellofemoral pain syndrome.
A total knee replacement is a surgical procedure in which your doctor replaces the damaged bone and cartilage, replacing it with implants that restore motion. A partial knee replacement targets only the damaged portion of your knee while protecting unaffected tissues.
Knee replacements can fail over time. When that happens, revision knee replacement is performed to replace the original prosthesis with a new one.
Don’t let knee pain impact your quality of life — call Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today.