Whether you're an athlete, an older adult, or someone whose work takes a toll on their knees, an injury such as an ACL or meniscus tear can be a serious problem. When left untreated, the pain from such an injury can become debilitating and prevent you from engaging in the activities you enjoy.
At Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics in Hermitage, TN, Dr. Kaminsky and Dr. Baxter are expert orthopedic knee surgeons who diagnose and treat ACL, meniscus, and ligament injuries. Using the least invasive surgical and non-surgical techniques available, Dr. Kaminsky and Dr. Baxter are committed to helping you regain your mobility and get back to the activities you enjoy most.
If you're ready to find a solution to the pain from your injury and get back in motion with the top knee specialist Nashville TN has to offer, make an appointment with us and see how Pinnacle Surgical Orthopedics can help you. Our team is here for you, so don't wait any longer – contact us today and start living life without pain.
The knee is made up of several bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, all of which work together to provide the strength and flexibility necessary for walking, running, jumping, and performing other activities. The knee can be vulnerable to injury due to its complexity and the stress placed on it by everyday life.
Some of the most common injuries we treat at Pinnacle include:
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee. Ligaments are strong non-elastic fibers that connect our bones together. The ACL crosses inside of the knee, connecting the thigh bone to the leg. It provides stability to the knee joint.
ACL tears most commonly occur in very active people or athletes. The ACL can tear when people abruptly slow down from running, land from a jump, or change directions rapidly. These types of actions are frequently performed during sports, such as football, basketball, skiing, and soccer. Athletes are especially at risk for ACL tears, although they may occur in active workers and the general population as well.
The ACL can tear completely or partially. It is unable to repair itself. When the ACL is injured, it is common to see other surrounding knee structures damaged as well. Some cases of ACL tears are treated with non-surgical methods. However, there are several options for ACL tear surgery that successfully restore knee strength and stability.
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) crosses inside of the knee joint with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), connecting the thighbone to the leg. Ligaments are strong non-elastic fibers that connect your bones together. PCL tears are not as common as ACL tears, but can result from certain twisting movements, falls, or direct contact to the knee or shinbone during contact sports.
Some PCL tears are treated with nonsurgical methods. However, if other knee structures are injured as well, arthroscopic surgery is used to restore knee strength, stability, and motion.
The menisci are cartilage structures in the knee joint that act as buffers between the bones. The menisci are vulnerable to injury, especially during twisting motions used for sports. Some tears in certain parts of the meniscus may heal on their own, but in many cases surgery is necessary to relieve meniscus tear symptoms of chronic pain and loss of mobility.
Arthroscopic meniscus knee surgery is the accepted method of meniscus tear treatment in most cases. Because the joint is not fully opened, recovery is faster and has fewer complications than with older open meniscus tear surgery methods.
Contact and non-contact athletes alike are at risk of injuring the ligaments in their knees. This includes football, basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, rugby players and many more.
The risk comes from the combination of sudden changes in direction and contact with other players. ACL, PCL and meniscus tears are the most common types of knee ligament injuries seen in athletes.
Pain, swelling and instability in the knee joint can all be signs that you might have an injured ligament. If the pain and swelling do not go away within a few days, it might be time to see an orthopedic specialist. He will be able to diagnose your injury and recommend treatment options.
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