Your knees are subject to more stress than any other joints. Most people ignore occasional aches and pains but serious knee conditions can make your life difficult. So it is important that you know when it’s time to see a knee surgeon.
Pain that doesn’t go away and continues over time, adversely affecting your quality of life, calls for a trip to the knee doctor. Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain and early treatment can improve the chances of pain relief.
Injuries are common among athletes and people with active lifestyle but you need not be an athlete to suffer a knee injury especially the soft tissues around the joint. Knee injuries are typically caused by movements that twist the knee, like a sudden change in direction.
Knee injuries that require a professional attention include:
- ACL or anterior cruciate ligament tear
- Bursitis or inflammation in the fluid sacs that provide a buffer to the knee joint
- Meniscus tear
- Mechanical issues
The knee joint is composed the kneecap (patella), thigh bone (femur), and shin bone (tibia). The ends of each of these bones are covered by a smooth layer of tissue called articular cartilage. This cartilage allows these bones to glide smoothly over each other during knee motion.
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when this articular cartilage wears away. Although arthritis is typically the result of gradual wear and tear of the cartilage, it can also occur after injuries or surgeries. Apart from loss of cartilage, bone spurs often develop in the bones of the knee joint in patients with arthritis.
If you are looking for knee arthritis treatments or to set up a consultation with an experienced knee surgeon in Phoenix, AZ call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic at 480-219-3342.