As a complex hinge joint, the knee plays a crucial role in everyday activity and if you suffer from knee pain it can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Covered in cartilage and connected by four major ligaments, the knee joint is the articulation between the thigh bone (femur) and leg bone (tibia) and is responsible for controlling complex locomotor movements such as bending, twisting and turning.
There can be many reasons as to why people experience knee pain, discomfort, or in extreme cases, immobility. Diagnosis involves careful clinical examination, carrying out physical, imaging and lab tests.
Our specialists at Plymouth Orthopaedics will determine whether symptoms require knee surgery intervention or if they are amenable to simple physiotherapy and knee rehabilitation.
If you are suffering from knee pain or discomfort, click here to contact us and arrange an appointment with our expert sports and orthopaedic surgeon and specialists, based in Plymouth.
We can perform a variety of specialist procedures from a total knee replacement, acl reconstruction or knee injections.
Common causes of knee damage:
- Wear and tear (osteoarthritis) - where the cartilage inside a knee joint becomes worn away, leading to the bones rubbing against each other.
- Cruciate Ligament Rupture- where the anterior cruciate ligament is either stretched, partially torn, or completely torn.
Common Procedures for knee surgery:
- Knee injection
- Knee arthroscopy
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
- Meniscectomy for “torn cartilage”
- Tibial Osteotomy
- Total Knee Replacement
- Uni-compartmental knee replacement
- Patello-femoral knee replacement