What Are the Best Treatments for Knee Pain?
The knee joint is composed of:
- Three bones that connect at the thighbone (femur), the kneecap (patella), and the shinbone (tibia)
- Four major ligaments on either side of your knee that help keep your knee stable (ACL, LCL, MCL, PCL)
- Two menisci that act as shock absorbers
Most Common Causes of Knee Pain
If you injured your knee and noticed immediate sharp pain, a popping sound, or instability of your knee, you could have strained one of the four major knee ligaments. Contact our knee doctor if you are continuing to experience knee stiffness, knee swelling, popping noises, if you can’t fully extend or flex your knee, or if it is unstable and “gives out” when you walk. A knee injury that doesn’t heal on it’s own or with conservative at home treatment may require additional treatment. Knee pain and other symptoms could also be a sign of arthritis, osteoarthritis, or rheumatoid arthritis of the knee.
How to Know When Knee Surgery is Necessary
Sports injuries such as ACL tears, meniscus tears and cartilage injuries are commonly treated with surgery and are best managed in a specialized setting where advanced techniques can be chosen according to each patient’s specific needs. Athletes with acute knee injuries need sports medicine care that can help them return to being active as soon as possible. Minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques can be used to treat most knee injuries.
What Types of Knee Surgery Does Dr. Fuchs Perform?
Learn more about the treatment options for these knee injuries and conditions:
- Knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement
- Partial knee resurfacing
- ACL surgery
- MCL surgery
- PCL surgery
- LCL surgery
- Torn meniscus surgery
- Cartilage transplant
Outpatient Knee Replacement near Seattle, WA
Knee arthritis is increasing at epidemic rates. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Over 600,000 knee replacements were performed in 2010 and the need is projected to be 3,000,000 annually by 2020. Knee replacement is one of the most effective orthopedic surgeries. Minimally invasive surgical techniques, computer navigation, and rapid recovery are now available. They are leading to lower complication rates, improved range of motion, and faster rehabilitation after knee replacement surgery.