At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, the region's most preferred orthopedic practice, our specialty-trained knee doctors are recognized experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients with knee injuries and conditions.
Knee specialists are orthopedic surgeons who have specialized knowledge of the knee joint. They work with patients dealing with a range of issues in the knee, including bone, ligament, cartilage, and muscle damage and associated pain. Sometimes, these specialists work with team physicians, since many athletes are at risk of knee injuries. While preventative care can sometimes help reduce these risks, with certain high-impact sports, injuries can be hard to avoid.
Conditions doctors and surgeons often treat in athletes include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears, kneecap fractures, and meniscus tears. Sometimes, these sports-related injuries may result in the need for surgery. If so, an orthopedic surgeon can perform the surgery best suited for that patient, whether it be ACL reconstruction, total knee replacement, partial knee replacement (unicompartmental knee replacement), or another type of knee surgery.
Knee doctors also help people dealing with knee pain that has developed over time or who have arthritis. Older adults typically suffer from this type of pain because they have put more mileage on their knees, allowing the soft tissues, like cartilage, to wear down so that bone rubs against bone. Knee arthritis often requires a knee replacement, but nonsurgical treatments can also be helpful.
When Should I Seek Surgery or Nonsurgical Treatment From a Knee Specialist?
Knee conditions can result in a variety of symptoms. Pay attention to these symptoms so when you meet with a doctor or knee surgeon, you can provide him or her with detailed information regarding your knee pain. People with knee problems sometimes report symptoms such as:
- Knee is tender to the touch
- Joint that is unable to support your weight when you stand or walk
- Numbness or pain in the joint that radiates down to the lower leg
- Pain when trying to straighten the leg
- Popping sound or sensation
- Tingling sensation
If any of these symptoms seem familiar, you may have one of the following knee issues:
- Cartilage damage
- Dislocated kneecap
- Ligament injury
- Meniscus injury or tear
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Patellar tendonitis or other tendon conditions
- Runner's knee (cartilage under kneecap softens)
- Torn ACL or other ACL injuries
What to Expect With Our Knee Specialists
After a thorough assessment to understand the cause of your knee pain, which may include electrodiagnostic medicine or on-site imaging (including X-ray, MRI, and bone density scans), our doctors will work with you to determine a course of treatment. Our experts always consider nonsurgical treatment before recommending surgery, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy with one of our certified physical therapists, in-office orthobiologics, and weight management through the customized LeanMD health program.
When surgery is necessary, our surgeons utilize the state-of-the-art Summit Surgical facility and perform advanced procedures, like knee arthroscopy and knee replacement surgeries, including partial knee replacement or total knee replacement. Additionally, as part of our Hip & Knee Center, our hip and knee surgeons work together to offer you comprehensive care to help you live with reduced knee pain and restored function.
The Strength of Experience at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics
At Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, we are dedicated to providing all our fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic experts, including our knee doctors, with every tool and resource they may need. This includes state-of-the-art technology, a dedicated staff, and the strength that comes from working side-by-side with a team of specialized surgeons and medical experts.
Our knee doctors are experts whose medical practices focus on patients with orthopedic issues, including those who need comprehensive knee care, surgery, and pain management. Dr. Jerome Dunklin, Dr. Paramjeet Gill, Dr. Eric Hanson, Dr. Matthew Knedel, Dr. Michael Nuzzo, Dr. Michele Schulz, Dr. Matthew Simons, Dr. David Taylor, Dr. Steven Thaxter, and Dr. Thomas Thomas are trained in the anatomy and function of the knee as well as the many conditions and injuries that can affect it. They offer a variety of solutions, from corticosteroid injections to complex knee surgery, so you can keep doing what you love.
If you have a knee injury or issue that is concerning you, contact us today at (559) 256-5200 or request an appointment online to receive the specialized knee care you deserve.