Knee care

man in jeans with hurt knee

The knee is a hinge joint that helps support our body weight and allows us to bend, straighten, and slightly rotate our lower leg. It’s essential to many of our day-to-day activities, such as walking, kneeling and bending. The knee is a vulnerable joint that must hold up to a great deal of stress from high impact activities like jumping and jogging.

Our knees are complex joints made up of cartilage, bone, fluid, ligaments, tendons and muscles that aid in movement and mobility. Together, these structures provide stable support for your body and enable your legs to move.

When any part of your knee joint becomes injured or diseased, it can cause pain and inhibit your ability to move freely. If your knee problems become severe, it can greatly affect the way you live. 

Knee problems can happen to anyone at any age. Osteoarthritis often results from basic wear and tear on your knees, making it the most common cause of knee pain. In other cases, inflammatory knee problems may be caused by diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. A direct blow or sudden movement can also cause an injury that affects your knee and how it functions.

Orthopedic specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network have unmatched expertise in diagnosing and treating conditions and injuries that affect your knees. We work with you to get you back to your life as quickly and conveniently as possible. 

We are committed to providing exceptional patient experiences and outcomes. Our continuum of care takes patients with knee problems from diagnosis, to treatment options to rehabilitation services.

Knee conditions

Our experienced orthopedic specialists and surgeons treat a variety of knee conditions, including:  

  • Arthritis  - Symptoms may include difficulty walking, instability, pain or swelling, stiffness, warmth and redness.

  • Cartilage injury -Symptoms may include dull pain, inability to extend your leg, knee locks or freezes up, pain is worse going upstairs or incline, popping or grinding, sharp pain and swelling and inflammation.

  • Fracture - Symptoms may include bruising or redness, difficulty moving, pain, numbness, weakness, deformity and swelling.

  • Meniscus tear - Symptoms may include catching or locking, inability to straighten leg, limited range of motion, pain, swelling and sensation of knee giving out.
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome - Symptoms may include pain in kneecap, intense pain after sitting, pain that worsens with activity, rubbing, grinding, clicking and swelling.

  • Sprains, strains and tears - Symptoms may include a popping sound, discomfort, inability to use knee, pain, swelling and irritation.

  • Tendonitis and bursitis - Common symptoms are: grating, limited motion, pain, redness, inflammation, swelling and tenderness.

If knee pain is disrupting your life, see an orthopedic specialist at The Christ Hospital Health Network.