Are You Experiencing Knee Pain as a Result of a Sudden Injury or Overuse?
The orthopedic doctors and sports medicine experts at Westchester Sport and Spine are here to help you with your knee pain. With 40 years of combined experience diagnosing knee pain and treating knee injuries, the fellowship trained specialists at Westchester Sport and Spine provide you with the highest level of care for surgical and non-surgical knee procedures.
About Knee Surgery
At Westchester Sport and Spine, performing surgery on the knee joint is one of the most common surgical procedures at our practice. Everything from sports injuries to the normal everyday wear-and-tear that occurs on the largest and most complex joint in our bodies may require knee surgery to treat the damage and improve quality of life.
Knee surgery is a last-resort procedure and only becomes an option after experienced evaluation and exploring and applying potential non-invasive treatments such as physical therapy, rest, and steroid shots, until it is evident that they do not benefit the patient and alleviate their knee pain.
Types of Knee Surgery
Knee surgery is used for the treatment of different conditions causing knee pain. While there are non-surgical options available, there are conditions where surgery is necessitated. Just as there are many reasons someone may ultimately need knee surgery to improve their mobility and comfort levels, there are various types of surgery available to fill those needs. In many cases, the surgeons at Westchester Sport and Spine are able to help patients using the least invasive approach.
Surgical options include, but are not limited to:
- Arthroscopy: a minimally invasive surgical procedure on the joint using an endoscope which is inserted into the joint through a small incision.
- Partial replacement: partial knee replacement is an alternative to total knee replacement for some patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
- Total knee replacement: in this procedure, the entire knee is replaced with an artificial joint, requiring major surgery and hospitalization.
- Ligament repair: an injured ligament may be repaired via a tendon graft from either the patient (autograft) or an organ donor (allograft).
- Arthroscopy for Trimming a Torn Meniscus: a minimally invasive surgery to restore rotation and relieve pain and locking.
- Meniscus Repair: an arthroscopic procedure is performed with minimally invasive techniques to reapproximate the torn edges and allow them to heal in their proper position.
- Lateral Release: a procedure where the patella is realigned via arthroscopy to release capsular structures on the outer structures of the knee.
- Plica Excision: a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to remove the damaged synovial tissue and plica.
- Meniscus Transplant: the damaged meniscus is removed and replaced with a meniscus graft from the patient (autograft) or an organ donor (allograft).
- ACL Reconstruction: reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament connecting the tibia to the femur.
- Microfracture: surgery to repair damaged articular cartilage by excoriating the surface of the joint to stimulate a healthy healing response.
- Patellar/Quadriceps Tendon Repair: the quadriceps tendon is reattached to the patella, which involves a lengthy rehabilitation.
- Cartilage restoration, transplantation, and repair: the patella is resurfaced, realigned, and stabilized in order to avoid joint replacement surgery.
Conditions That May Require Knee Surgery
It may be time to consider knee replacement surgery if you have severe knee pain that limits your everyday activities or lasting inflammation and swelling in the knee that doesn’t improve with rest or medication. Knee surgery is necessitated when the knee joint is worn or damaged to the extent that your mobility is reduced and you experience pain even while resting.
There are a multitude of conditions that may require knee surgery, such as:
- ACL Injury: a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
- ACL Tear: a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
- Arthritis: inflammation in one or more joints.
- Baker’s Cyst: fluid-filled cyst causing bulging or tightness behind the knee.
- Bursitis: inflammation of the bursae, which cushions the bones.
- Chronic Knee Instability: this condition typically involves a rupture of a stabilizing element in the knee, resulting in slipping and recurrent hydrarthrosis.
- Collateral Ligament Injury: injury to the medial collateral ligament, found on the sides of the knee.
- Growth Plate Fractures: a fracture affecting the layer of growing tissue on the ends of children’s bones.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease: inflammation of the patellar ligament at the tibial tuberosity.
- Osteoarthritis: a joint disease involving wear and tear of the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments, and bones.
- Patellar Tendinitis: an injury to the tendon connecting the patella to the shinbone.
- PCL Injury: a sprain or tear of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).
- PCL Tear: a sprain or tear of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).
- Quadriceps Tendon Tear: a tear of the tendon running from the quadriceps to the patella.
- Runner’s Knee: a term used to describe any of the conditions causing pain to the patella, including anterior knee pain syndrome, patellofemoral malalignment, chondromalacia patella, and iliotibial band syndrome.
- Tendinitis: inflammation or irritation of a tendon in the knee.
- Torn Meniscus: a common injury involving forceful rotation of the knee, twisting the tissue in the knee and forcing it to tear.
- Unstable Kneecap: also known as patellar subluxation, an improperly aligned patella, where the kneecap is pulled toward the outside of the
- Persistent Knee Swelling/Inflammation: inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness.
Call Us Immediately
If your knee pain is caused by an injury and is accompanied by any of the symptoms below, please call Westchester Sport and Spine immediately and then ask someone to drive you to our clinic.
- Your knee appears deformed
- Inability to use your knee or extend your leg
- Intense pain
- Continued or sudden swelling