The knee acts as a hinge which connects the upper part of the leg to the lower and all of the muscles, tendons and ligaments in between.
Prone To Injury
The knee sustains a great deal of impact which is why the knee is more susceptible to injuries. Injuries can be from a traumatic event such as an athlete being injured while playing sports; a condition in which has developed over a period of time or a chronic condition like arthritis or osteoarthritis. Overusing the knee can also result in a patient experiencing pain.
When knee pain first surfaces, it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional as conditions such as osteoarthritis can progress and even get worse if not treated properly. Sometimes, when the pain is ignored to long and the condition has worsened, there may be no other option other than surgery to correct the damage and alleviate the pain and even restore the patient to an improved level of mobility.
When traumatic injuries occur to the knee resulting in tearing of the ligaments like the ACL, MCL, or the PCL, reconstruction is oftentimes needed to restore the knee to its pre-injury form. The thought of surgery may be overwhelming for some but with minimally invasive procedures available, the procedure as well as the recovery time take less time allowing the patient to get back to their pre-injured lifestyle even faster.
If you think you have suffered a knee injury, it’s important to seek medical attention especially if you are experiencing 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
Contact Us Today
Our Atlanta knee doctors understand that knee pain or a knee injury can put a damper on one’s life as mobility and other factors become difficult. Our orthopedic doctors will work with you to create the best treatment plan that fits your individual situation and work to get you back to your old way of life prior to the injury. Contact us today at (404) 855-2141 for a consultation!