Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Clinics located in West Memphis, AR & Collierville, TN
While everyone experiences a twinge of pain in the knee at some point in life, chronic knee pain can become debilitating. To relieve pain and restore the function of your knee joint, the experienced orthopedic surgeon, Michael Hood, MD offers both nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical solutions at Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Dr. Hood and his team also provide on-site diagnostics, including arthroscopy procedures, to ensure you receive the highest quality of care. Learn more about options for treating knee pain by calling the Collierville, Tennessee, or West Memphis, Arkansas, office today or by scheduling a consultation online now.
Knee Pain Q & A
What causes knee pain?
Knee pain can develop over time because of age-related changes in your knee joint or if you’re putting too much stress on your knees being overweight. Many people also suffer knee pain following a sports-related injury or due to direct trauma from a fall or auto accident.
Here are a few common knee injuries that we treat:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Collateral ligament tears (MCL and LCL)
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
- Ligament sprains
- Meniscal tears
- Patellar fractures
- Knee dislocation
- Patellar dislocation or instability
- The patellar tendon and quadriceps tendon tears
You can also develop debilitating knee pain as a result of damage to your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which connects your thigh bone to your shin, or due to tears in your meniscus, the rubbery piece of cartilage in the knee that absorbs the shock of your movements.
How is knee pain diagnosed?
Because there are a number of factors that can influence knee pain, Dr. Hood evaluates the function of your knee during a physical exam and reviews your personal and family medical history.
To confirm the cause of pain, Dr. Hood may recommend imaging tests, like X-rays or an MRI, to get a closer look at the health of your knee joint.
He also performs minimally invasive arthroscopy procedures to diagnose knee pain. This procedure involves small incisions through which Dr. Hood inserts a special scope with an attached camera that sends real-time images of your inner knee structures to an external monitor.
How is knee pain treated?
Initially, you may find relief from pain using medications or injections of anesthetic and inflammatory medications. Dr. Hood may also refer you for physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your knee joint.
To treat frequent knee dislocations, ACL damage, or a meniscus tear, Dr. Hood may suggest surgery. He can use arthroscopic or other minimally invasive techniques to make repairs and alleviate pain and mobility issues.
If your knee joint is severely damaged by arthritis or an injury, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery.
This type of procedure focuses on the removal of damaged joints, which Dr. Hood replaces with an artificial joint. This device functions just like your natural joint, providing years of pain-free living and enhanced mobility.
If you need a diagnosis for knee pain or want to learn more about knee replacement surgery, schedule a consultation at Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine today using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you.
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