The knee is the largest joint in the body. The knees act as shock absorbers that absorb your body weight and support movement.
Millions of people seek medical attention for a knee injury each year. Dignity Health provides personalized orthopedic solutions to help ease pain and increase mobility. If you have a knee injury in the Bay Area, Find a Doctor online.
Knee Injury Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of knee injuries include:
- Catching or locking of the knee
- Difficulty moving the knee
- Instability of the knee
- Visual deformity
What Causes Knee Injuries?
Most knee injuries are the result of trauma. Fractures, dislocations, and ligament and tendon tears are often the result of car accidents, sports injuries, or other high-energy traumas.
Other injuries can occur either from chronic overuse or from acute trauma. Overuse places stress on the knee over and over again, eventually weakening the knee structures and leading to injury. Overuse injuries include meniscal tears, tendonitis, and sprains.
Treating Knee Injuries at Dignity Health
Our orthopedic specialists treat all types of knee injuries, including:
- Ligament injuries, including ACL injuries
- Meniscal tears
- Tendon tears and tendonitis
Treatment and prevention options depend on the severity of the knee injury. Anti-inflammatory medicines and rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can help decrease pain and swelling in minor injuries.
It’s important to seek medical care right away if:
- You are in severe pain.
- You can’t bear weight on your knee or move it.
- You heard a pop when the injury occurred.
- Your knee gave out with the injury.
For more serious knee injuries, your doctor at Dignity Health in the Bay Area may still be able to treat it with nonsurgical methods. These options include include physical therapy, immobilization with a brace, and corticosteroid injections in the joint. These options can reduce inflammation and help with healing. However, your knee injury may eventually require surgery to fully restore knee function.
Dignity Health provides complete treatment for knee injuries of all kinds. We are dedicated to reducing your pain by addressing it at the source so you can get back to enjoying life pain-free. Call (844) 387-6324 for a doctor referral today.
Dignity Health offers treatment, including physical therapy, immobilization, corticosteroid shots, and surgery, for injured knees in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.