Knee | Leg Repair
Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement surgery is also known as Total Knee Arthroplasty or TKA is an option for you if your pain is resulting from degenerative joint disease, a knee deformity or from an accident. During your procedure, the damaged or arthritic surfaces of the distal femur and proximal tibia and the rest of the knee joint are replaced with metal and plastic materials to restore the integrity of the joint.
Over 90% of total knee replacement patients can expect a good to excellent result, with minimal to no pain, and the ability to walk more than one mile with an increased range of motion. Following your Orthopedic Surgeons orders is imperative to a full recovery.
Common Knee and Leg Injuries
- ACL Injuries – The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the middle of your knee, the one that keeps your shinbone from slipping out in front of the thighbone. Most ACL injuries occur when you hyperextend your knee joint beyond its normal limits.
- Bursitis Knee – Bursitis is a painful inflammatory condition that affects the small fluid-filled pads or bursae that cushion your bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. Direct trauma, excessive kneeling or falling often causes it.
- Dislocated Knee – Although full knee dislocation is rare, partial dislocation of the kneecap is quite common. A dislocated kneecap can occur when the kneecap slips out of place because the groove that holds your kneecap is too shallow or uneven. Sudden movements when your leg is firmly in place or direct trauma can also dislocate your knee.
- Fractures or Broken Bones – Falling is the most common cause of knee and leg fractures. Direct trauma like car accidents can also fracture the bones in your knees and legs. Other common causes of broken bones include sports injuries and abuse.
- Hamstring Injury – Commonly referred to as a “pulled-hamstring” and happens most often in athletes. It is caused when the muscles at the back of the thigh become overstretched or torn.
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease – This is an overuse injury, caused by the constant tension of the kneecap tendon by your thigh muscles. This occurs most often during growth spurts of active adolescents.
- Patellar Tendinitis – An injury that affects the patellar tendon which connects your kneecap to your shinbone and works with the muscles in the front of your thigh to straighten your leg. It is most common among middle-aged men and women who run or play sports.
- Shin Splints – An inflammatory condition that causes sharp pains in the shin and lower leg. Running on hard surfaces most often causes this.
- Tendonitis – There are different types of tendonitis. It is an inflammation or disease of the tendon, the fibrous tissue that attaches muscle to bone, which is commonly caused by overuse or rheumatic disease.
- Torn Meniscus – This is the most common type of knee injury. Your knee consists of 2 pieces of cartilage called menisci, these provide a cushion between your femur and tibia. When you twist or rotate your need suddenly it can cause a meniscus tear.
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