Knee pain is a common complaint, especially as patients age. There are numerous potential causes of knee pain. These include: soft tissue inflammation around the knee, such as bursitis or tendinitis; knee arthritis, where there has been irreversible damage to the cartilage within the knee joint itself; tears of the meniscal cartilage (the cartilage between the femur and the tibia); loose bodies within the knee joint. Occasionally, knee pain will present as what is known as “referred” pain – this means that although the mind senses that the knee is hurting, the actual cause of the knee pain is not the knee itself. “Referred pain” can come from hip arthritis, as well as a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine or lower back area.

Dr. Davis routinely sees and evaluates patients with knee pain to first help them discover the source or cause of the pain and then to develop a treatment plan to address the knee problem and objectively alleviate the pain.

Knee replacement surgery is often recommended for patients with severe arthritis of the knee that has failed to respond to appropriate conservative or non-operative treatment. Dr. Davis routinely performs both total knee replacement surgery and partial knee replacement surgery. These procedures allow patients previously disabled by painful arthritis to restore their quality of life.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Surgery is most often performed to address tears of the meniscus, but can also be used to treat torn ligaments…

Total Knee Replacement

In a total knee replacement surgery, the goal is to replace the damaged cartilage within the knee.

Anatomy of the Knee

The knee is the body’s largest joint. It’s the place where three bones meet: the tibia, the femur and the patella.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries in Women

The anterior cruciate ligament, commonly called the ACL, is a thick, elastic band of tissue that runs from the bottom of the femur to the top of the tibia.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)

This injury is a tearing of the ACL ligament in the knee joint.

Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis) of the Knee

This condition occurs when a bone’s normal blood supply is disrupted.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

This condition is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body.

Fractures of the Tibial Spine

This condition is a fracture of a portion of the tibia, also called the shin bone, in the knee joint.

Goosefoot (Pes Anserine)
Bursitis of the Knee

This condition is an inflammation of the pes anserine bursa, a fluid-filled sac between the tibia and the tendons of the hamstring muscle on the inner side of the knee.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

This overuse injury is an inflammation that occurs at the point where the patellar tendon attaches to the tibia.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints.

Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee

This condition is characterized by the death of an area of cartilage and bone in the knee joint. The dead section may remain in place, forming a lesion, or it may loosen and partially detach from the surrounding bone.

Patella Fracture (Broken Knee Cap)

This condition is a crack or fracture of the patella, the bone on the front of the knee that covers the knee joint. The patella helps to protect the joint as well as provide strength and stability.

Patella Tendon Rupture

This condition occurs when the tendon that holds the patella, (the knee cap), to the tibia tears and splits apart, allowing the patella to slide upward. This causes pain and an inability to straighten the knee.

Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)

This condition is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the patella (the kneecap) to the tibia in the knee joint. This tendon is part of the structure of muscles and tendons in the knee that allows the knee to straighten from being bent.

Patellar Tracking Disorder

This condition occurs when the tendon that holds the patella, (the knee cap), to the tibia tears and splits apart, allowing the patella to slide upward. This causes pain and an inability to straighten the knee.

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

This condition is an irritation of the cartilage on the back of the patella (the kneecap) that causes pain in one or both knees.

Prepatellar Bursitis (Kneecap Bursitis)

This condition is an inflammation of the prepatellar bursa, a fluid-filled sac that covers the front of the kneecap. Prepatellar bursitis results in pain and swelling at the front of the knee.

Quadriceps Tendon Tear

This condition is a tear of the tendon that connects the patella to the quadriceps muscles of the thigh.

Shin Splints (Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

This condition is a painful swelling, usually along the front of the lower leg, that is common among runners and other athletes.

Supracondylar Femoral Fracture

This condition is a break in the femur at the knee joint. The fracture can range from a small crack to a full break that allows part of the bone to separate.

Tibial Fractures

This condition is a break in the shin bone, called the tibia. A tibial fracture can occur anywhere along the bone, and can range from small cracks to a full break that allows the bone to separate.

Tibial Plateau Fracture

This condition is a fracture at the top of the tibia, also called the shin bone. This fracture usually involves both bone and cartilage, so there is a high risk of developing arthritis from injury to the cartilage cells.

Torn Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)

This condition occurs when the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), a band of tissue that connects the femur to the tibia inside the knee joint, becomes torn or worn away.

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