Where Does it Hurt?

Knee

The knee is comprised two joints.  The first is the joint formed by the femur and the tibia. This joint is the primary weight bearing portion of the knee. The second is the joint formed by the patella (knee cap) and the tibia. This joint is the “pulley” of the knee. The medial and lateral collateral ligaments protect the knee from side to side motion while the cruciates protect the knee’s integrity from forward, backward, and rotatory shifting.  The meniscus assists in cushioning the knee, mild support, and creating  a smooth surface. The knee is controlled primarily by a couple large muscle groups. The Quadriceps straighten the knee while the hamstrings bend the knee.  Integral in lowering the body downward, standing back up, and propulsion, the knee is susceptible to wear and tear injuries including arthritis.  The knee is also one of the more commonly injured joints in sports that require running and changing of directions.

At OSS, we recognize the importance of the orthopedic subspecialist. Our orthopaedic specialists use the most up-to-date clinical skills, diagnostic tools, and treatment techniques to care for the knee and its associated structures. Here are just a few of the common knee pain problems successfully cared for by OSS physicians:

  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Ligamentous sprains
  • Meniscal tears
  • Fractures of the tibia, femur, and patella
  • Arthritis and bone spurs
  • Failed knee replacements
  • Patellar dislocations
  • Bursitis
  • Complex trauma

Most knee pain issues are effectively treated conservatively with medications, injections, bracing, modifications to weight bearing, and therapy. But if surgical intervention is indicated, our physicians are experts in the most up to date minimally invasive procedures to get you back on the road to recovery.

To find out more about knee injuries, please visit these pages of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website: