Our knees absorb a lot of the impact on our bodies and over the years, the bone and cartilage can begin to deteriorate causing pain. We also see many patients who move their knee in a way that causes one of the tendons to tear, like the ACL, requiring repair and rehabilitation to get back to feeling normal.
The SROSM orthopedic physicians help patients by first determining the cause of the pain -- whether it’s a strain, tear, fracture or other injury. This allows the doctor to create a treatment plan that may or may not include knee surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.
There are several options to explore before surgery, depending on the injury. First, physical therapy can often help patients strengthen muscles around the knee or in other parts of the body that will help to relieve knee pain. PRP therapy is also an option for repairing the tendons using the body’s own platelets to help with healing.
We treat many athletes who are working hard to meet a fitness goal, but need to feel good while they’re doing it. We can use various myofascial release methods to relax muscles and tendons and we offer an AlterG machine often used by those experiencing knee pain, but need to continue their training regimen.
We can also use aquatic therapy to reduce the weight on the knee while exercising and strengthening it.
Some of the treatments we offer for knees and the lower leg conditions include:
- Joint Preservation, often good for those with osteoarthritis of the knee, is used to re-align joints so that they feel and function as they should, without replacing the entire joint.
- Limb lengthening often used when legs are not the same length.
- Partial Knee Replacement using MAKOplasty robotic-assisted surgery - also known as knee resurfacing
- Complete knee joint replacement
- Meniscus repair
- ACL repair
- ALL repair