Say No to Knee Pain – 4 Leading Causes of Knee Pain and Their Treatments

Knee pain is a common problem. Your knees bear the entire weight of our bodies, absorbing shocks and subject to wear and tear. No wonder many of us experience knee pain at one time or another. Knee pain is even more common among athletes. If you are suffering from knee pain, this blog is for you. In this blog, one of the best orthopedic doctors in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Adam Farber of Phoenix Shoulder and Knee clinic shares why knee pain occurs and how it can be treated.

Meniscus Tears
Meniscus tears are a common cause of knee pain among athletes. The meniscus is a cartilage that cushions the gap between the bones of your upper and lower leg. It gets injured when the knee gets twisted suddenly with force. The best orthopedic doctors in Phoenix, AZ recommend minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the knee for patients with pain and functional limitations.

ACL Injuries
The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is an important knee ligament. Sudden acute, twisting episodes can cause ACL injuries. Patients report of hearing or feeling a ‘pop’ at the time of injury. ACL tears can’t heal on their own; rather have to be surgically reconstructed using a graft. One of the top orthopedic doctors in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Farber performs this procedure using some of the latest cutting-edge techniques.

MCL Injuries
The MCL or medial collateral ligament connects the upper and lower leg bones and stabilizes the knee. Injuries to the MCL often occur following direct contact in which a force on the outside aspect of the knee pushes the knee inwards towards the other knee. MCL may need to be repaired surgically if it is completely ruptured.

Cartilage Injuries
The bones of the knee joint are covered with a layer or cartilage to ensure smooth motion. Impact or injury can damage the cartilage during falls, sports injuries or auto accidents. For patients with minimal symptoms, non-operative treatment including medications and/or viscosupplementation injections is recommended. For younger, active patients surgery is often recommended. The leading orthopedic doctor in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Farber is an expert in chondroplasty and microfracture surgery to repair cartilage injuries.

To book a consultation with one of the best orthopedic doctors in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Adam Farber, visit www.phoenixshoulderandknee.com or call 480-219-3342.

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3 Top Causes of Shoulder Instability and Treatment by Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeon

The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and allows you a wide range of motion. The head of the upper arm bone (humerus) sits in a socket like structure. Due to trauma, the head of the humerus may slip, partially or completely, out of the socket, causing shoulder instability. The humerus’ head can be put back into the socket by a physician or may even slip back into the socket on its own.  During such an occurrence, the labrum or the ligaments may get torn. Leading Phoenix orthopedic surgeon explains why shoulder instability develops.

• Sudden injury or trauma resulting in tears of the labrum and/or dislocations of the shoulder joint.
• Injury due to repetitive motion. This is common among athletes who may have to make the same overhead motions repeatedly such as in baseball, tennis, swimming or volleyball. Such motion would wear the shoulder joint out.
• Genetic factors may cause the joint and surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles, to become loose when the shoulder joint experiences stress.

Shoulder Instability Symptoms

• Shoulder slips in and out of its socket
• Pain in shoulder
• Dislocated shoulders due to sports, vehicular, or other types of injury
• Shoulder laxity from repetitive activities such as throwing or swimming.

Shoulder Instability Treatment by Phoenix orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Adam Farber
Conservative treatments can help most patients. But cases where the shoulder may be subject to rigorous activity such as in competitive sports, surgery is advisable. The top shoulder surgeon Phoenix, Dr. Adam Farber, is an expert in minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder surgery that minimizes pain and recovery periods. Dr. Farber also recommends surgery for patients who experience dislocation or subluxation repeatedly.