Knee Injuries

Knee Injuries Specialist
A knee injury can stop you from participating in athletic activities and even make it difficult for you to walk around. Depending on how severe your injury is, you might find relief from nonsurgical treatment options or a surgical procedure. J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA offers treatment for knee injuries for patients in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.

Knee Injuries Q & A

by J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA

What are some common types of knee injuries?

You can have knee injuries when you sprain, tear, fracture, pull, or strain the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other structures in your knee joint. Some common kind of injuries that affect the knee include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Patellar tendon and quad tears
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Knee instability

What are the symptoms of knee injuries?

The symptoms of knee injuries differ depending on the type of injury you have. In general, you’re likely to have pain and some degree of stiffness when you injure your knee. You might also have swelling and be unable to put any pressure or weight on your knee. If you have patellar dislocation or knee instability, you might experience a popping sensation if the bones in your knee joint slide out of place. Dr.Bennett will fully evaluate your injury and take your symptoms into consideration when determining your treatment options.

How does Dr.Bennett treat knee injuries?

Unless you have a serious knee injury, Dr. Bennett ill most likely recommend treatment options that don’t involve surgery. These nonsurgical options should ease inflammation, relieve pain, and help you rebuild strength and flexibility in your knee. Dr.Bennett might recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers and wearing a brace to keep your knee immobilized as it heals. He might also recommend physical therapy exercises for making your knee muscles stronger and more flexible.

 

When might I need surgery for knee injuries?

Dr. Bennett might discuss surgical treatment options with you if your knee injury isn’t improving with other forms of treatment or if you have a serious injury that won’t heal on its own. Your options will be based on the type of injury you have and the severity of it. Some of the procedures Dr. Bennett offers for knee injuries include:

  • Knee arthroscopy that involves using a tiny camera and instruments to repair damage
  • Open surgery that requires larger incisions to repair more extensive injuries
  • Primary and revision procedures for ACL tears
  • Partial and total knee replacement, including Vanguard® Complete Knee, Signature™ Personalized Patient Care, and Oxford® Partial Knee

If you need treatment for knee injuries, please contact J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA to set up an appointment.

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