The knee injury treatment that you get at AOS is unique in Atlanta for its speed and expert delivery. Our staff of orthopedic surgeons aren’t trying to get you under a knife – goal is to heal you using minimum intervention.
Only about 1 percent of our patients actually require surgery; but when you have an orthopedic surgeon looking at your knee you’ll experience the highest level of care.
Our doctors are joint experts and use every means to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan.
The bones in your knee are three:
These join with soft tissue to create the joint that bonds your upper and lower legs.
Finally, the tendons connect your muscles to the bones – the top quadriceps are attached with a tendon to the patella, and the shinbone is attached with your patellar tendon.
Knowing the structural components of your knees, you’ll better understand the injuries that you may encounter. While the knee is stronger and, in form, simpler than your shoulder, the knee can still be hurt by fracture, sports injuries, accidents and breakdown over time.
As the most exposed area of the knee, the patella is prone to fracture, as are the ends of the femur and tibia. Fractures can happen when you fall from a roof, get into a car accident or sports injury.
Dislocation happens when the knee bones are moved from their proper place. There are five kinds:
These are further defined by high and low velocity. A high velocity dislocation may occur in a fall or a car accident and include bone, tissue and neurovascular damage. A low velocity dislocation usually happens during sports injuries and is much less destructive, bringing with it a better prognosis.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is often hurt when athletes quickly change direction. There is also the posterior cruciate ligament, which is hurt when the knee is bent and struck in the front, such as during a car accident. Collateral ligaments on either side of the knee can be torn, as can the meniscus that pads between the knee bones. The tendons that connect your muscles to the bone can also tear.
Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating your knee pain and injury. We always opt for non-surgical measures when appropriate, and our experienced sports injury doctors use our in house open MRI machines and CT scanners to find your best plan for treatment.
This includes stabilizing the joint and helping you undertake physical therapy targeted to heal the unique pain that is in your knee. If you’ve already had surgery you can also do your physical therapy and rehabilitation with AOS.
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