Knee injuries are the most common reason people see an orthopedic surgeon. This complex joint has many components, making it vulnerable to a variety of injuries. Many injuries can be successfully treated without surgery, while others require surgery to correct.
Knee Injuries – Problems include:
- Tendon inflammation – bursitis or tendonitis
- Tendon or cartilage (meniscus) tear
- Instability in the joint
- Chronic Pain and disability from Arthritis from wear and tear
What Can Help Knee Injuries?
Depending on your situation Dr Grondel might recommend anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, brace, physical therapy, etc.
Seek treatment for knee injuries as soon as possible, especially if you hear a popping noise and feel your knee give out at the time of injury, have severe pain, cannot move the knee, begin limping, or have swelling at the injury site. Proper diagnosis will lead to appropriate care and treatment.
When is Surgery an Option for Knee Injuries?
You should start to consider surgery when you have exhausted all other forms of treatment for you knee injuries and your pain has started to interfere with everyday activities. In addition to helping your pain Dr Grondel will use digital imaging to determine if there is damage to your tendons and joints.
Knee Injuries Success Story:
“Apparently I shouldn’t ski – as a teenager I blew out both knees, one at a time. Over the years I have adapted how I walk and limited my activities to prevent further injury. The pain and restriction finally got to be too much so I set an appointment. One look at the x-rays of my knee showed that it was completely worn out. I was in my late 40’s and looking at a total knee replacement as the only option…I wish I had this looked at 10 years ago! The knee replacement surgery went great. I was surprised how quickly they had me up and walking. Everyone at the hospital knew I was Dr. Grondel’s patient just by looking at me and seeing the results. I was surprised by how many nurses and therapists stated, “You must be Dr. Grondel’s patient.” – because I was doing so well and he is so particular in every aspect of a patient’s care. Now I’m planning my next hike – something I haven’t been able to do for several years.” – Heather R.