ACL Injury

The bone structure of the knee joint is formed by the femur, the tibia, and the patella. The ACL is one of the four main ligaments within the knee that connect the femur to the tibia.

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Rotator Cuff Tears

There are a few options for repairing rotator cuff tears. Advancements in surgical techniques for rotator cuff repair include less invasive procedures. Talk to an orthopaedic surgeon to decide what option is best for you.

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Understanding Meniscus Tears

Menisci tear in different ways. Tears are noted by how they look, as well as where the tear occurs in the meniscus. Common tears include longitudinal, parrot-beak, flap, bucket handle, and mixed/complex.

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Knee Arthroscopy in Gilbert, AZ

Arizona Performance Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics is renowned for their minimally invasive approach to treating both sports and non-athletic-related knee injuries. Dr. Meszaros treats a variety of knee conditions, including ligament tears, meniscal damage, and arthritis of the knee. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Meszaros to discuss knee pain treatment options.

Anatomy of the Knee

The largest joint in the human body, the knee joint is made up of three main bones: the shinbone (Tibia), thighbone (Femur), and kneecap (Patella). Between the shinbone and the thighbone is the meniscus, a soft cartilage that decreases friction and provides stability during movement. The joint is surrounded by four ligaments (strong, fibrous tissue), which stabilize the joint and control range of motion.

Damage to any knee component may potentially cause intense pain and difficulty walking. Some of the most common injuries to the knee are ligament tears, meniscal tears, and runner’s knee.

Ligament Tears

Ligament tearing is the result of stretching a ligament beyond its maximum ability. Often sustained during athletic activities, ligament tears may significantly decrease the stability and strength of the knee joint. Ligaments are unable to heal themselves, so in order to regain full and pain-free functionality after sustaining ligament damage, arthroscopic surgery is often required.

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and the MCL (medial collateral ligament) are the most frequently injured ligaments in the knee. A quick change in direction, sudden decrease in speed, or awkward landing after a jump can cause an ACL tear, while direct force to the outside of the knee is the most common cause of MCL tears.

In addition, tears of the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) are often called the “dashboard injury”, due to its frequency in auto wrecks. The tear occurs when the shinbone is forced backwards while the knee is bent.

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Meniscal Tears

Meniscal tears frequently occur during participation in high intensity sports, such as rugby or football, due to twisting of the knee or a sudden decrease in speed while running, and often occur in conjunction with damage to other components of the joint.

Even partial tearing of the meniscus can cause a sudden and rapid decrease in joint stability, as well as increasing pain and swelling around the knee joint. Full meniscal tearing will often cause severe or complete instability in the joint, as well as increasing pain, swelling, and stiffness.

Meniscus tears often require arthroscopic surgery to fully restore joint function and allow a return to competitive athletic activity.

Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Knee Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive approach to diagnosing and repairing joint damage, and it is often recommended for patients suffering from severe knee pain due to a variety of conditions, including ligament damage, full meniscal tears, and cartilage injury.

During arthroscopic knee surgery, Dr. Meszaros will use a small camera that transmits detailed video of the interior of the knee joint to an in-room monitor. The real-time video allows Dr. Meszaros to safely navigate the interior of the joint and repair the affected areas of the knee joint with increased precision and accuracy.

Due to the various potential benefits of arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Meszaros will use this approach to treating knee pain whenever possible. The potential benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery include less scarring, decreased post-op pain, and a quicker recovering.

Knee Arthroscopy in Gilbert, AZ

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Meszaros specializes in the use of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of sports-related knee injuries. Make an appointment with Dr. Meszaros at his Glibert, AZ office to learn more about the benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery.