Treating an Injured Knee

Relieving the Pain

If you believe you’ve injured your knee, it is important to call us as soon as possible. We offer Urgent Care appointments and can often see you the same day you call us.

Meanwhile, to relieve the pain, remember R.I.C.E. This tried-and-true technique (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) works especially well for knee injuries. READ MORE about R.I.C.E.

Medication

A combination dose of 1000 mgs. of Tylenol plus 600 mgs. of Ibuprofen (with food) will help take the edge off your pain. This regimen can be repeated every six hours.

How Bad Is It?

Minor

Minor knee injuries can be very subtle.  You may not actually have a traumatic event.  Sometimes, a simple twist or partial squat  can create a problem.  There is no swelling, just pain.

Severe

Severe knee injuries are easily recognized:  You have a significant traumatic event; you hear popping or snapping noises; there is a lot of pain; your knee swells up right away; and you can’t move your knee much at all and can’t put any weight on it.

There are many levels between minor and severe, but in general, if ice and ibuprofen don’t make the pain go away, or if it keeps returning when the medicine wears off, then you probably need to call us.

Common Knee Injuries

Meniscus Tear

The most common knee injury that needs attention is a tear in the meniscus cartilage.  The meniscus is a half-moon-shaped piece of gristle that is between the bones of the knee joint. READ MORE about MENISCUS TEARS

ACL Tear

Another common but much more serious knee injury is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL.  It often occurs in sports that require sudden stop and go and cutting movements, like but not limited to football. READ MORE about ACL TEARS

Surgical Repair

Arthroscopic

Arthroscopic surgery is performed in an outpatient setting, meaning you go home after the procedure.  Usually it is done through only two little incisions, one centimeter long, on either side of the knee in the joint line.  A camera is inserted on one side, and instruments go in the other side.  If extensive reconstructive surgery is needed then other incisions will be made. You will use crutches after the surgery to protect the knee.

Reconstructive

One of the most common reconstructive procedures is an ACL reconstruction.  ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament which is often torn  during sports activities. There are over two million cases each year. Diagnosis requires an examination, xrays, and an MRI, which shows the soft tissues.

Reconstruction is necessary because the blood supply, along with any healing potential, is destroyed by the injury.READ MORE about RECONSTRUCTION