Knee Surgeon Chicago
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see more about the Regenokine Program and the Single Portal Arthroscopy Procedure
- The Regenokine Program;
- Stem Cells Autologous and Allograft;
- Single Portal Arthroscopy
- Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair;
- Arthroscopic Assisted Cartilage Transplant;
- Arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction;
- Arthroscopic PCL Reconstruction;
- Knee Preservation Surgery;
- Partial Knee Replacement;
Meniscus tears are amongst the most common knee injuries. Athletes, mainly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscus tears. However, anyone at any age can tear their meniscus.
Torn cartilage in the knee is usually referred to as a torn meniscus. This type of tear can now be repaired through a minimally invasive procedure called a Knee Arthroscopy.
You might feel a "pop" when you tear your meniscus. Most people can still walk on their injured knee. Over 2 to 3 days, your knee will gradually become more stiff and enflamed.
The most common symptoms of meniscus tear are:
- Stiffness and inflammation;
- Catching or locking of your knee;
- The sensation of your knee "giving out";
- You are not able to move your knee through its full range of motion.
Without treatment, a piece of meniscus may come loose and drift into the joint. This can cause your knee to slip, pop, or lock.
One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear.
Athletes who participate in high demand sports like soccer, football, and basketball are more likely to injure their anterior cruciate ligaments.
If you have injured your anterior cruciate ligament, you may require surgery to regain full function of your knee. This will depend on several factors, such as the severity of your injury and your activity level.
When you injure your anterior cruciate ligament, you might hear a "popping" noise and you may feel your knee give out from under you. Other typical symptoms include:
- Pain with swelling. Within 24 hours, your knee will swell. If ignored, the swelling and pain may resolve on its own. However, if you attempt to return to sports, your knee will probably be unstable and you risk causing further damage to the cushioning cartilage (meniscus) of your knee;
- Loss of full range of motion;
- Tenderness along the joint line;
- Discomfort while walking.
The posterior cruciate ligament is located in the back of the knee. It is one of several ligaments that connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The posterior cruciate ligament keeps the tibia from moving backwards too far.
An injury to the posterior cruciate ligament requires a powerful force. A common cause of injury is a bent knee striking a console in a car accident or a football player falling on a knee that is bent.
The typical symptoms of a posterior cruciate ligament injury are:
- Pain with inflammation that occurs progressively and rapidly after the injury;
- Inflammation that makes the knee stiff and may cause a limp;
- Difficulty walking;
- The knee feels unbalanced, like it might "give out".
Osteochondral lesions or osteochondritis dessicans can occur in any joint, but are most common in the knee and ankle. Such lesions are a tear or fracture in the cartilage covering one of the bones in a joint. The cartilage can be torn, creased or impaired and, in rare cases, a cyst can form in the cartilage.
Symptoms consist of recurring pain and swelling in the knee joint. You may also experience noticeable clunks and clicking noises while moving your knee.