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Our knee doctors are recognized experts in the field and have the specialized knowledge to assess, diagnose, and treat a full range of knee injuries and conditions.
Although all types of joint issues can be painful, knee pain can sometimes feel worse than other types of joint pain. That’s because the knee helps support a person’s body weight, so the joint is under additional stress whenever a patient walks or bears weight on the knee.
There are many reasons why a patient can experience knee pain—sometimes, it can be due to a one-time event, such as a sports injury. Other times, knee pain manifests over time, such as when a patient has arthritis.
If knee issues are not diagnosed early on, they can often become worse. If nonsurgical treatments are not improving the pain, surgery may be needed. Fortunately, there are many procedures a skilled orthopaedic surgeon can perform to help reduce or eliminate knee pain, such as total or partial knee replacement surgery.
Know When It’s Time to See a Knee Doctor
If you think your pain may be due to a knee injury or if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact a knee doctor near you:
- A pop or snap sensation in or around the knee
- Knee gives out when using it
- Kneecap pain or pain behind the joint
- Pain when trying to bend the joint
- Throbbing or swelling
You should also seek medical treatment from a physician if you have a fever or if your skin reddens, becomes warmer, and/or becomes more sensitive, since you could have an infection.
Common orthopaedic conditions and injuries that affect the knee and can be treated with both nonsurgical and surgical treatments include:
- ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury
- Cartilage injuries
- Collateral ligament injury
- Dislocated kneecap
- Knee arthritis
- Knee sprain
- Kneecap (patellar) fracture
- Meniscus tears
- PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) injury
- Shinbone (tibia) fracture
- Tendon tear
- Thighbone (distal femur) fracture of the knee
At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, our specialty-trained knee specialists understand the first step towards reducing your pain and restoring you to better health is a proper diagnosis to pinpoint the specific cause of your knee pain and the most effective treatment for you.
To consult with one of our orthopaedic doctors specializing in the knee at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, you may request an appointment online or call one of our three locations in Edwards, Frisco, or Vail.
Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics?
With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopaedic care of the knee, our esteemed specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating knee injuries and conditions with and without surgery.
Our knee specialists, Dr. Nathan Cafferky, Dr. Richard Cunningham, Dr. Peter Janes, Dr. J. Terrell Joseph, and Dr. William Sterett, are also surgeons who have additional training to include being fellowship-trained in adult reconstruction and sports medicine and are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions as well as advanced knee surgery, such as knee arthroscopy, knee replacement, and ACL reconstruction procedures.
To consult with our Vail-Summit Orthopaedics specialists about your treatment options, please request an appointment online. You can also learn more about the disorders we treat through our patient education resources.
Tips for Healthy Knees
The following are tips to help you increase your chances of staying pain-free. Use these techniques to help protect you from injury and pain.
Rotate Your Joints Daily
Each morning, slowly move each joint, bending and extending it fully. Be careful not to overextend.
Maintain Good Posture
How you carry your body can have as much of an impact on your bones and joints as rotating them. While we often think about the back when it comes to posture, good posture has a positive effect on your entire musculoskeletal system, including your legs and knees. Practice good posture and adjust your living and work spaces in ways that will support good posture.
Avoid Joint Stiffness
Be sure to move your joints periodically throughout the day, especially if you tend to be in one position for a long time, such as sitting at a desk. This small, regular practice will help keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where you may be confined in a small space where your knees are bent, such as in a theater seat, always stand up and walk around during intermissions.