Knee Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Knee Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Knee Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa

Knee Pain

Knee pain is caused by trauma, misalignment and degeneration, as well as conditions like arthritis. Disorders such as weakening of the tissues around the knee can occur from aging, as well as frequent pain due to osteoarthritis. It is common during sports that place great pressure on the knees, especially with twisting forces, to tear cartilage or one or more ligaments.

Some of the most common knee problems occur on the medial side, or the inside of your knee. The ligaments and cartilage located in your knee that are vulnerable to sprains and tears are the medial and lateral menisci (plural of meniscus), Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) and Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL).

Ligaments can become sprained when they are overworked or overstretched. When they stretch to the point of tearing, a ligament tear occurs and will need to be treated by an orthopedic surgeon. The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that sits between your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) to protect the bones from rubbing together. The meniscus can tear from forceful twists or awkward rotations of the knee. You will often feel or hear a popping sound if the meniscus tears from trauma to the knee.

Another common injury – especially in sports – is an ACL tear. The ACL connects the bottom part of the femur to the top part of the tibia and prevents hyperextension of the knee. This short ligament can tear with a sudden change of direction or pivoting while your foot is planted. A pop is usually heard or felt during an ACL tear. If you suspect you’ve torn your ACL, you should visit an orthopedic surgeon right away who will help you determine the best course of action for recovery.

Treatment Options

Knee Injections

Hyaluronic acid injections help to return proper cushioning and lubrication function to the knee joint when osteoarthritis is the cause of your knee pain. ORTHOVISC® (High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan) is an FDA-approved, non-drug therapy made from ultrapure natural hyaluronan, anaturally-occurring lubricant found in healthy knee joints.


Arthroscopic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat knee injuries. This minimally-invasive approach to surgery can help speed recovery, reduce pain and minimize scarring, compared to traditional open surgery.

Orthopedic surgeons can use arthroscopic surgery to perform a variety of procedures, including:
– Removal of small bits of bone or cartilage
– Repair or removal of torn tendons
– Removal of inflamed synovium (the membrane that lines the cavity of a synovial joint and produces synovial fluid) and the removal inflamed bursae.

Knee Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Knee Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa
Knee Pain | Orthopaedics, P.C. Spencer, Iowa

What are the benefits of arthroscopic surgery?
Patients are more likely to have less pain following the procedure, experience a lower risk of complications, stay in the hospital for a shorter period of time or have the procedure performed as an outpatient surgery compared to the traditional “open” surgery. Patients may also have a quicker recovery and experience less scarring.

What are the risks of arthroscopic surgery?
Surgeries have risks. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the specific risks associated with his or her procedure and recovery. The risks of orthopedic surgery depend on your health before surgery and the type of surgery performed. In addition, your anesthesiologist will discuss the risk associated with the use of anesthesia during your procedure.

From the gardener to the college football player, knee injuries can happen to anyone. If you are experiencing knee pain from a recent injury or just from overuse, make an appointment with Dr. Pruitt today.

Dr. Pruitt specializes in knee pain, sports medicine and joint replacement.

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