You use your knees daily, and they support most of your body weight. With so much responsibility on them, it’s common to injure one or more of the many parts that make up your knees. At Ortho San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, orthopedic specialist Rudy Navarro, MD, evaluates, diagnoses, and treats knee injuries using surgical and nonsurgical care. If you injure a knee, don’t hesitate to call Ortho San Antonio or book an appointment online right away.
Your knees are comprised of numerous different ligaments, tendons, bones, and cartilage. Any of them can take the brunt of an injury, so there is a long list of knee injury types. A few common knee injuries that Dr. Navarro treats are:
Your ACL is a ligament in the center of your knee that stabilizes the joint. It connects your femur, the large bone in your thigh, to a bone in your shin called the tibia. ACL tears are common in athletes who jump and pivot in their sports.
The menisci are cushioning pieces of cartilage in your knees. They can tear or rupture upon impact or while pivoting.
Your patella is the bone of your kneecap. You might fracture this bone if you fall directly onto your knees.
A knee dislocation happens when the bones in and around your knee joint fall out of alignment.
If you have a knee injury, it’s easy to tell right away. You likely feel severe pain followed by trouble standing back up or walking. At Ortho San Antonio, Dr. Navarro evaluates your injury and checks it for inflammation. He might move the joint to see how well it functions and which movements cause pain.
If the physical exam isn’t enough to identify a diagnosis, Dr. Navarro may use the in-office musculoskeletal ultrasound, an X-ray, or other advanced imaging techniques to view the inner structures of your knee. Once he identifies the injury, he can design an effective treatment plan.
Dr. Navarro creates your treatment plan based on your specific injury type and its severity. Your treatment plan may include multiple steps to give you the best chance at full mobility once you recover. Possible treatments for your knee injury include:
Immobilization with a cast or brace may be necessary to help your knee heal properly.
In some cases, Dr. Navarro may recommend injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells from your bone marrow to speed up the healing process.
In order to keep your knee strong and flexible, Dr. Navarro may recommend that you undergo physical therapy.
There is a wide range of surgical techniques available for knee repair. After identifying your injury, Dr. Navarro chooses the right surgery and tells you how it works.
For a comprehensive evaluation of your knee injury and a treatment plan to repair it, call Ortho San Antonio or book an appointment online today.