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The knee is a hinge joint that connects 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 and the constant stress this joint endures, knee pain can result from a wide range of issues. 


At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our specialty-trained knee doctors are the leading experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating knee injuries and conditions.

When Should I Consult a Knee Specialist?

Knee pain can stem from the following: 


  • A traumatic injury

  • A sports injury

  • An overuse injury

  • A degenerative condition that has developed over time


Pain in the knee should never be ignored or overlooked. Consult a knee specialist at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery if you are experiencing any or a combination of the symptoms below: 


  • A popping or snapping sensation in the knee during activity

  • Instability or the sensation of your knee "giving out" while running, walking, pivoting, or jumping

  • Severe pain in or behind the knee or within the kneecap  

  • Difficulty bending or moving the knee  

  • Pain while walking or at rest 

  • Swelling in the knee or calf area


In some cases, conditions like knee osteoarthritis may progress and worsen, especially if not identified early on. This can lead to severe pain and additional damage to the surrounding knee structures.


I shattered my kneecap skiing at Beaver Creek in Feb. 2021. It was a horrific patella injury. Dr. Cunningham performed an incredible operation putting me back together the day after my injury. His calm professionalism was comforting, and his precision in the operating room was remarkable. Should you need an orthopedic surgeon, I give Dr. Cunningham and his team my highest possible recommendation!

Scott K.

One year out from ACL surgery on both knees (and a broken ankle), and I couldn't be happier. Thanks to Dr. Sterett and his team, I'm back to skiing, hiking, and spinning. I'm feeling stronger than ever and glad to be going into my 60s with knees to take me through the next 30+ years of adventures. Thank you for the great results!

Lauren B.

Dr. Joseph scoped both of my knees to repair torn meniscus (same day), and my results were excellent. The care – before, during, and after surgery – was excellent, and his staff was great. My recovery was simple and mostly pain-free, and I was walking the same day. I highly recommend Dr. Joseph and his staff, even if you have to travel a couple of hours to see him.

Erick P.

Common Knee Conditions

Total Knee Reconstruction

Past orthopaedic trauma, an active lifestyle, or the wear and tear of aging can all cause knee osteoarthritis. This degenerative disease occurs when the cartilage between the tibia and femur breaks down, causing bone to rub against bone. Symptoms of knee arthritis include severe pain, swelling, instability, and stiffness in the knee. It can also cause deformity in the joint as well as a decrease in your range of motion. When your knee osteoarthritis has progressed to the point when nonsurgical treatments fail to provide relief or you are unable to maintain your quality of life, a total knee replacement could be the solution. 

Our Knee Replacement Doctors


Personalized Knee Care for Your Lifestyle

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 will dedicate their knowledge, proficiency, and skill to get you back to the activities you love!

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