Knees are the largest joint in the body, and therefore the most vulnerable to injury.
Knee problems are the leading reason people visit an orthopedic doctor. Patients are often active people and athletes. In fact, knee injuries make up about 55% of all sports injuries. The knee is essential for competing in almost every sport and performing any exercise or daily activity. Knee injuries are also incurred in work related or other daily tasks or as a result of accidents like falls.
At Montvale Health & Wellness, we exhaust all conservative and non-invasive methods of treatment before pursuing surgical means. In the case of a knee injury that does require surgery, it can often be performed arthroscopically. This approach requires only a small incision and reduces recovery time, thus enabling a quicker return to activity. The arthroscopic approach is used frequently for knee problems such as meniscus tears, cartilage wear, and ligament (Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligaments) strains.
Knee Conditions We Diagnose and Treat Arthroscopically:
- Inflamed or damaged lining (called the synovium) of the joint
- Kneecap (patella) misalignment
- Broken cartilage fragments in the knee joint
- A swelling behind the knee that is filled with fluid is called a Baker’s cyst. Sometimes this occurs when there are symptoms (pain, swelling) from other causes, such as arthritis. The cyst can be removed during this surgery.
- Some knee bone fractures
“A sincere thank you to all the staff for helping me become pain free and happy again!”
– Lisa A.
Individuals who play soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and who participate in gymnastics, skiing, snowboarding and volleyball are most susceptible to ACL injuries, while sports such as hockey and wrestling can result in MCL injuries. Overuse injuries of the knee can be seen in other sports such as cycling, swimming, water polo, rugby and running.