Knee Surgery in Cartersville
The knee is the largest and one of the most complex joints in the body. It is made up of bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, all of which are susceptible to injury. Many people can get relief from knee pain with conservative treatment such as rehabilitation exercises or bracing, but for some specific knee injuries, surgery is required.
If the following symptoms start to affect your ability to go about your daily routine, you may want to consider seeing an orthopedic specialist:
- Decreased range of motion
- Consistent pain or discomfort
- Difficulty going up or down stairs and walking
Knee Injuries and Procedures
ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. An ACL tear or sprain is one of the most common types of knee injuries.
ACL tears and sprains are typically seen in athletes that play sports such as football, basketball, and soccer where you change directions sharply and make sudden stops or jumps.
Your orthopedist will most likely get an x-ray of your knee to help diagnose your injury. An MRI may also be ordered to further evaluate the ACL and surrounding ligaments.
Not all ACL injuries require surgery. Your doctor will make a recommendation for surgical or non-surgical treatment based on your activity level and the severity of your injury:
- Sprain (Grade I)
- Partial Tear (Grade II)
- Complete Tear (Grade III)
Knee Replacement in Cartersville
A knee replacement (also called knee arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure where the damaged part of a knee is removed and replaced with a prosthesis.
People with severe pain and loss of motion due to arthritis are typically candidates for total knee replacement. Three types of arthritis typically cause knee pain: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
- Osteoarthritis: “Wear and tear” type of arthritis typically seen in patients over the age of 50.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis: A type of inflammatory arthritis that causes cartilage damage over time.
- Post-traumatic Arthritis: Usually seen in people who have had a severe knee injury. Over time, tears or fractures in the knee can break down cartilage, causing severe pain and loss of mobility.
A total knee replacement should only be considered when conservative treatment options have failed to reduce your pain. If you have severe pain and loss of motion that keeps you from doing simple daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs, a total knee replacement may be an option for you.
Total knee replacements can be done in an outpatient setting or in a hospital. Outpatient means your procedure is done in ambulatory surgery center rather than a hospital. Ask your doctor which option is best for you.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Better known as “runner’s knee,” patellofemoral pain syndrome is a term that describes pain in the soft tissue and bone around your kneecap. People who participate in a lot of athletics or physical training are more susceptible to this type of injury.
- Pain during activities that cause stress on your knee, such as running, jumping, or squatting.
- Stiffness or discomfort after sitting for a long period of time.
- Crackling or popping sounds in your knee when getting up from a seated position.
People with runner’s knee usually experience a dull ache and stiffness in the kneecap. Everyday activities such as climbing stairs or kneeling down can be very difficult and uncomfortable.
Most patellofemoral pain can be treated non-surgically. Activity modifications, physical therapy, and proper use of anti-inflammatory medicines are often very effective at providing pain relief for this type of injury.
Request An Appointment
Learn about your options for knee pain, knee injuries, and knee surgery. Request an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons today!
It’s important to bring any x-rays and MRI reports with you. On the day of your appointment, be sure to also bring:
- Driver’s License or valid ID
- List of your prescribed medications
- Insurance Information
- Any other relevant medical records and information