What causes knee pain?
Knee pain is typically the result of an injury, but can also be caused by the aging process and continual stress on the knee joint. Common knee problems that lead to pain include:
- Sprained or strained knee ligaments and/or muscles. A sprained or strained knee ligament or muscle is usually caused by a blow or sudden twist of the knee.
- Torn cartilage. Trauma to the knee can tear the menisci (pads of connective tissue that act as shock absorbers and also enhance stability). Cartilage tears can often occur with sprains.
- Tendonitis. Inflammation of the tendons may result from overuse of a tendon during certain activities such as running, jumping or cycling. Tendonitis of the patellar tendon is called jumper's knee, often occurring with sports, such as basketball, where the force of hitting the ground after a jump strains the tendon.
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away, and often affects middle-age and older people. Osteoarthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the knees by causing the joint to become inflamed and destroying the knee cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis often affects people at an earlier age than osteoarthritis.
From diagnosis to recovery, Baptist Health is with you every step of the way with the most experienced orthopedic specialists and a Joint Replacement Team unrivaled by any other in the state.
What are the symptoms?
- Pain or tenderness
- Swelling or inflammation
- Difficulty walking
What treatment options are available?
Knee Replacement Surgery
- Two to three inch incision
- Five weeks rehab
- Generally for patients 55+
- Eight to 12 inch incision
- 12 weeks rehab
- Generally for patients 65+
What are the patient outcomes?
The best advocates for the care you can expect from Baptist Health are the patients themselves. Hear success stories from a few of our patients.
Jim’s knees started slowing him down in his 50’s and were getting in the way of enjoying his grandchildren. Double knee replacement has transformed Jim’s life and his results are typical of 90 percent of double knee replacement patients. Hear Jim's story.
After suffering knee pain for his whole life, Buddy got a total knee replacement at Baptist Health. What makes his replacement special, is that the replacement was made to be custom-fit to his anatomy using MRI scans and computers. Hear Buddy's story.
Pat was only experiencing pain on one side of her knee, making her the ideal candidate for a partial knee replacement as opposed to a total knee replacement. Hear Pat's story.
Dorothy was able to walk the same day of her surgery with the use of the latest innovations in knee replacement techniques. Hear Dorothy's story.
As a missionary in her church, Lena is always happy to tell others of the power of faith. And it’s that same faith that gave her the power to overcome one of her biggest challenges.
From her early days of playing basketball to her current love of walking, this grandmother to eight has always thrived on being active. But when a knee condition that continued to get progressively worse threatened to keep her from the things she loved, Dr. Philip Johnson recommended that Lena have a knee replacement procedure to correct the problem.
Faced with a tough decision, Lena found the strength to go through with the procedure in her faith. And it turned out to be one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
Now Lena’s pain-free, keeping up with her grandkids and finding joy in doing simple things like walking on the treadmill or climbing stairs without the pain she was used to experiencing.
“It truly is a miracle,” says Lena. “My knee just seems to get better and better with every passing day.”