THE KNEE

MEET OUR KNEE SURGEONS

DR. NATHAN CAFFERKY

Hip, Knee, Total Joint Replacement, Joint Replacement Revision Surgeries,  and Trauma

DR. RICHARD CUNNINGHAM

Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Trauma

DR. TERRELL JOSEPH

Elbow, Hand, Knee, Orthopaedic Trauma, Wrist

DR. BILL STERETT

Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine

A complex joint requires a skilled surgeon.

At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained knee doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating knee injuries and conditions. The knee is a complex hinge joint, connecting the upper leg (femur) to the bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula) through a series of muscles, ligaments, and tendons posterior to the kneecap (or patella).

 

Due to its complex structure, as well as the constant stress this joint endures, knee pain can be the result of a wide range of injuries and conditions. Whether caused by a traumatic injury, such as a sports injury, dislocation, or ligamentous tear; an overuse injury, such as runner's knee; or a condition that has developed over time, such as arthritis or osteoarthritis, knee pain should never be ignored or overlooked.

 

In some cases, and if not identified early on, conditions like knee osteoarthritis may progress and worsen, causing severe pain and, in extreme cases, necessitating knee surgery to relieve discomfort and restore mobility. Similarly, tears to the ligaments of the knee (the meniscus, ACL, MCL, or PCL) often require reconstructive surgery to repair the damaged ligament.

 

In many cases, these surgeries can be performed through minimally invasive techniques by a skilled surgeon to minimize damage to the surrounding structures. It's important to seek immediate treatment if you think you may be suffering from a knee injury or condition. Consult a knee specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

When should I consult a knee specialist?

It's important to seek immediate treatment if you think you may be suffering from a knee injury or condition. Consult a knee specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: 

 

  • A popping or snapping noise in the knee during activity

  • The sensation of your knee "giving out" while walking, running, jumping, or turning

  • Severe joint pain, whether in the knee, behind the knee, or within the kneecap    

  • Inability to bend or move the knee    

  • Inability to walk without pain

  • Swelling localized to the knee joint or calf area
     

Don't let knee pain disrupt your lifestyle.

Our knee specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery understand that knee pain can disrupt your lifestyle and make simple, everyday activities difficult. Our doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. To consult with a knee doctor at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, please request an appointment online.

Why choose VSON?

With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the knee, our esteemed knee specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating knee injuries and conditions.
 

Our knee doctors, Dr. Nathan Cafferky , Dr. Richard Cunningham , Dr. Peter Janes, Dr. John Joseph , and Dr. William Sterett, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your knee injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely. To consult with a Vail-Summit Orthopaedics knee doctor, please request an appointment online.