By far, the knees are the most commonly injured joint, both for athletes and non-athletes alike. Whether you’re running down the football field, basketball court, or walking on a treadmill, the knee can fall victim to a variety of tendon and ligament tears as well as arthritis, leading to swelling, reduced mobility, less stability, and chronic pain. At Valley Sports Physicians, Dr. Tortland and Dr. LaVallee have literally treated thousands of knee injuries over the years, and thanks to their experience and use of the latest treatments, they can help many patients get the relief they need and avoid invasive surgery in the process. If you’re ready for your knees to stop being a nuisance, give us a call today.
Your knees require cushioning to function properly, and this is in part provided by two C-shaped pieces of cartilage called the meniscus, or menisci. Any activity that involves twisting the knee, particularly with someone’s full weight on it, can lead to a partial or complete meniscus tear. While surgery is usually required to repair a complete tear, for less severe injuries, the team at Valley Sports Physicians can use a combination of physical therapy and therapeutic injections to help the meniscus heal itself relatively quickly, eliminating pain while increasing mobility.
Behind your kneecap, or patella, is a bit of cartilage. When the knee is overused or injured, it can become damaged and lead to pain, which is called patellofemoral syndrome. In addition to discomfort and swelling, this can also cause the kneecap to become misaligned much more easily. We can use targeted therapeutic injections to enable the body to quickly heal itself, which will improve the function and stability of the joint while also offering long-term pain relief.
The knees often fall victim to osteoarthritis, which is the “wear and tear” form of the condition. Over time, the cartilage that cushions the joint wears away, which causes the bones of the shin and leg to painfully rub against one another, and this makes the joint harder to move due to swelling and inflammation. With therapeutic injections like stem cell therapy, PRP, or prolotherapy, we can largely reduce the symptoms of knee arthritis and slow the progression of the condition, allowing someone to live a regular, pain-free life and perhaps avoid having to replace the joint with surgery.