Knee pain is a common orthopedic problem. If you have experienced a knee injury, it is time to seek treatment from a qualified orthopedic surgeon.
The knee is a hinge joint and is comprised of the lower end of the thigh-bone (femur), upper end of the shin-bone (tibia), and the knee-cap (patella). The bones are held together by ligaments (anterior/posterior cruciate, medial collateral and lateral collateral ligaments), and there are two “c-shaped” cartilage cushions called meniscus that act as “shock-absorbers” between the bones. Knee pain can originate without any injury, from a traumatic incident, or from overuse. Cartilage, or the smooth covering over the ends of the bones, can wear out and produce pain and inflammation.
Cause & Treatment of Knee Pain
Pain can also occur from overuse issues such as bursitis and tendonitis, or after a significant injury with torn ligament. Not all knee conditions require surgery. Knee surgery is not always the answer; sometimes pain can improve with rest, medications, injections, or physical therapy.
Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel is the leading orthopedic knee surgeon in Rockford & Crystal Lake
Regardless of the problem, Dr. Van Thiel – a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries of the musculoskeletal system – can help you achieve your goal and get back to an active lifestyle. His advanced training in complex knee ligament surgery and innovative cartilage restoration procedures can help patients preserve their knee joint and return to all of their activities.
Are you suffering from knee pain?
Review all the orthopedic conditions treated by Dr. Van Thiel and schedule an appointment to discuss available treatments options within our Rockford and Algonquin offices.