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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.
Dr. Wyatt talks about a robotic arm being used by surgeons to help with precision in knee surgeries.
Dr. Richard Nix talks about total knee replacement with Mako Robotic Surgery System.