Knee Pain, Knee Injuries and Knee Conditions
Comprehensive Care for Knee Pain - Arthroscopy, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Physical Therapy
The knee is one of the most easily injured joints in your body. It is also subject to degenerative disorders, such as arthritis or osteoporosis. Whether you have a torn ligament or arthritis, knee pain can be debilitating and frustrating. Knee pain can make it difficult to walk or climb stairs, not to mention hold you back from being active, exercising and playing sports.
At Missoula Bone & Joint, our knee doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of knee injuries and conditions, and we will do everything in our power to ensure you get back to living your life to the fullest.
About the Knee Joint and Causes of Knee Pain
The knee is a large, complex hinge joint, formed where the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) meet, along with the patella, or kneecap. The ends of the bones and back side of the patella are covered with articular cartilage, a smooth, slippery substance that helps the bones move freely.
The knee is held together by four ligaments (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL) and two tendons (quadriceps and patellar). Two shock-absorbing pieces of cartilage called menisci, located between the femur and tibia, help cushion and stabilize the joint. Because there are so many components within the knee, it is subject to a number of injuries, from fractures and dislocations to torn ligaments or tendons.
Patient Education Videos and Printable Handouts on the Knee:
Some of the most common injuries and conditions our Missoula knee surgeons see and treat include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear
- Cartilage injury
- Meniscus tear
- Knee arthritis
- Knee tendon bursitis
- Osgood-Schlatter disease (knee pain)
- Patellar tendon tear
- Patellofemoral pain (knee cap)
Knee arthritis occurs when the articular cartilage begins to wear away. For most people, this is a natural part of aging, but the degenerative process can also be accelerated by injury. Eventually the bones begin to rub together, causing pain and limiting mobility. Schedule a comprehensive initial evaluation of your knee pain with one of our experienced knee joint replacement surgeons and discuss your options for treatment. There are several non-surgical options that can help before you make a decision to replace your knee joint. You will know when the right time is for surgery.
What is a Partial Knee Replacement?
If you have arthritis only in one compartment of the knee and the pain is stopping you from doing the activities you enjoy, a partial knee replacement may be an option for you. The partial knee surgery replaces one side of the knee joint and leaves the surrounding ligaments, including the ACL, in tact. Your knee feels more like a natural knee. The implant is custom fit to the patient with sizing and angles, so it fits like a glove, and allows for normal flexion and extension.
Knee Injuries and Arthroscopy
Knee injuries such as ligament, tendon, or meniscal tears are often caused by sports accidents or during physical activity. Meniscal tears may also occur as a result of arthritis or aging. Fractures and dislocations are typically the result of a fall or blow to the knee, such as during an auto accident, slip and fall, or sports-related contact.
If you have injured your knee, you may experience symptoms such as swelling, pain, and stiffness around the knee, as well as catching, locking, limited movement, weakness, and instability. Many knee conditions and injuries can be treated without surgery. Nonsurgical treatment may include physical therapy, medication, injections, or a brace.
If surgery is needed for these types of injuries, Arthroscopy or Arthroscopic surgery will be performed. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows your surgeon to see the structures inside your joint. Because the instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions to repair any damage inside the joint. A small camera, called an arthroscope, is inserted into one incision and the surgical instruments are inserted into another incision. The camera displays images on a video monitor which your surgeon uses in real time to guide the surgical repair. With minimal disruption to the surrounding tissue your recovery process is smoother.
Sometimes, however, injuries such as fractures or completely torn ligaments require surgery to fully restore function to your knee. The knee surgeons at MBJ have performed thousands of surgeries and keep up with the latest advances in surgical techniques. Some of the most common procedures we perform include:
Surgical Options for Knee Injuries:
- Knee arthroscopy for:
- Meniscus repair
- Cartilage repair
- Knee ligament reconstruction
- Removal of inflamed or infected synovial tissue
- Removal of loose bone fragments or cartilage
- Treatment of kneecap problems
- Cartilage restoration
- Partial knee replacement - Dr. Mark Channer
- Total knee replacement
- Learn about our Total knee replacement surgeons
- Knee revision
Nonsurgical Options for Knee Pain:
Knee Surgery in Western Montana
For comprehensive care for any type of knee problem in Western Montana, visit Missoula Bone & Joint. We offer on-site diagnostics, physical therapy, an outpatient surgery center, and durable medical equipment.
And if you have an acute knee injury that needs immediate attention, such as a sprain or strain, or you have swelling or pain around the knee, you can visit our orthopedic urgent care walk-in clinic.
To schedule an office visit with one of our knee doctors in Missoula, call us today at (406) 721-4436 or request an appointment online.