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Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel is the leading orthopedic knee surgeon in Rockford & Elgin

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.

Dr. Van Thiel welcomes patients from all over Wisconsin and Illinois including Rockford, Elgin, Huntley, Dekalb, Crystal Lake, Barrington, McHenry, and Beloit.

Are you suffering from knee pain?

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. 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.

Review all the orthopedic conditions treated by Dr. Van Thiel and schedule an appointment to discuss available treatment options at our Rockford or Elgin offices.


The knee is a complex joint made up of different structures - bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. They all work together to maintain the knee’s normal function and provide stability to the knee during movement.

If you wish to be advised on the most appropriate treatment, please call to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.

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