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Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint among adults. As you age your knees can show significant wear and tear, especially in adults with arthritis, sports injuries, or other types of injury.
The knee relies on a number of structures including bones, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to bear your body weight and perform properly. Technology and surgical innovation make a wide variety of knee pain treatment options available. Our team approach ensures you will receive the highest quality care, getting you back to your full functional ability quickly and safely.
Most common soft-tissue injuries are usually caused by over use or stress. Prior to suggesting surgical interventions, we exhaust all noninvasive approaches to control inflammation and help control pain.
When non-surgical treatments are exhausted or your quality of life is impaired, your doctor will work with you to select the best surgical treatment option for an optimal outcome.
Osteotomy, or reshaping of the tibia or femur bone, can take pressure off the knee. This may be considered for younger people with unresolved arthritis symptoms. This procedure attempts to even the load distribution through the knee.
Using an arthroscope, a fiber optic telescope inserted into knee joint, surgeons are able to see knee damage and may also be able to repair damage or remove irritating particles. The procedure takes less than one hour and requires three or four entry incisions which can be closed with little or no scarring.
Arthroscopy works well for:
For more information about the Saint Francis Orthopedic Institute or to schedule an appointment, please call 415.353.6380, or email SFMHOrthoCenter@dignityhealth.org or request an appointment online.