Knee Injury Treatment in NYC
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
The ACL is one of four ligaments in the knee, and helps to stabilize the joint in everyday functioning and high activity sports. ACL tears are one of the most common reasons for visiting an orthopaedic surgeon, and cause significant pain to sufferers. Basketball players, football players, and skiers are very susceptible to tearing the ACL, as frequent pivoting causes the ACL to stretch and give way.
Symptoms of an ACL Tear
Patients sustaining an ACL tear will hear a “pop” when it occurs, and report the knee “giving out” from underneath them. The sudden “pop” is followed by pain and swelling in the knee joint. Other symptoms include:
- Instability and inability to apply pressure
- Loss of strength
- Limited function and range of motion
Between the knee’s hinge joint made up of the tibia (shinbone) and femur (thighbone) lie two menisci - C-shaped pieces of cartilage that provide cushioning and stability to the knee. Tearing the meniscus causes pain and stiffness in the joint, and are usually sustained when playing contact sports, such as football or soccer. Additionally, as patients age, the meniscus loses its elasticity, and tears are likely to occur when awkwardly twisting the knee.
Symptoms of a Meniscal Tear
Patients may tear the meniscus and not initially realize it; they may continue playing football or soccer without feeling any symptoms. Over the next few days, the following symptoms may develop:
- Intense pain
- Sensitivity in the affected knee
- Stiffness, swelling
- Limited range of motion
- Inability to stabilize
Knee Arthroscopy Treatment
ACL and meniscal tears are commonly treated arthroscopically. Knee arthroscopy lets surgeons make smaller incisions when performing knee surgery, and allows patients to return to the playing field in a matter of weeks. Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive, safe orthopaedic procedure that gives a number of potential benefits, including:
- Shorter post-operative recovery time
- Reduced scarring
- Less blood loss
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
Dr. Haar is one of the few orthopaedic doctors in the New York area performing outpatient partial knee replacement surgery, and does so from his own ambulatory surgery center at his Upper East Side office. Schedule an appointment at his office for a consultation to determine if you are a candidate for minimally invasive partial knee replacement surgery.