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At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, 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 knee cap (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:

  • 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

Our knee specialists at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics 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.

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Why choose Vail-Summit Orthopaedics? 

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

Our knee doctors, Dr. Nathan CafferkyDr. Richard CunninghamDr. Peter JanesDr. J. Terrell 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.

Tips for Healthy Joints

As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear and tear as we age. Remaining pain- and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint preservation techniques. The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.

Movement

Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and be careful not to overextend.

Use

Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.

Posture

The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back. When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.

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Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface like a table or workbench.

Stay Active

Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.