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Knee

Knee pain can affect people of all ages. It can be caused by an injury, such as a torn ligament or damaged cartilage, or is a result of a medical condition, such as arthritis. Knee pain can often result in discomfort, aching and soreness. Altru Advanced Orthopedics' providers offer a wide range of personalized treatment options for knee pain and injury.


Signs and Symptoms

Depending on the severity and location of your knee pain, signs and symptoms may vary. A few common indicators of knee injury include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Warmth to the touch
  • Redness
  • Instability or weakness
  • Popping or crunching noises

If you are experiencing severe symptoms or your pain is a result of a traumatic injury, initial care should be received through Altru’s Emergency Room.


Risk Factors

The risk of having knee problems can increase if you have had a previous knee injury. Once you have injured your knee – even if it was minor – you are at greater risk of having a similar injury in the future. Excess weight is also a risk factor of knee pain. Being overweight or obese increases stress on your knee joints, leading to deterioration and weakening of the knee. Lack of muscle strength or structural abnormalities, such as misaligned knees, are also among the common causes of knee injuries.


Treatment Options

If you are experiencing minor knee pain, you may find relief from self-care or at-home exercises. Physical therapy and bracing can also be beneficial. Speak with your provder or physical therapist to determine the recovery options that are best suited for you.

Treatment will vary depending on what is causing your knee pain. Whether you are suffering from an injury, such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear or a mechanical problem, Altru Advanced Orthopedics offers personalized treatment options to meet every patient’s needs. From arthroscopic surgery to repair tendons or ligaments, to full knee replacement through Altru’s Joint Replacement Center, our orthopedic surgeons will work with you to determine your individual care plan.


Mako™ Robotic Arm Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

Altru Advanced Orthopedics offers partial knee replacement with the advanced technology of the Mako Robotic-Arm.

Mako Partial Knee Replacement is a treatment option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee. It is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery.

Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee replacement is a treatment option for adults living with mid to late-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.

For both options, the Mako Robotic Arm creates a 3-D model of the
patient’s anatomy, enabling surgeons to develop a pre-surgical plan that
customizes implant size, positioning and alignment specific to each patient’s
needs. The Mako then assists our surgeons during the procedure, ensuring
incredible accuracy in placement with minimal damage to healthy tissue, and
allowing for a more natural feeling knee.

Key Benefits for Patients

This minimally invasive technique can help patients return patients to an active, pain-free lifestyle. Benefits of partial knee replacement with the Mako Robotic Arm may include:

  • Extremely high accuracy of anatomical placement
  • Less pain
  • A more natural knee motion
  • Quick recovery
  • A small incision with minimal damage to healthy tissue
  • Minimal blood loss during the procedure

Your surgeon will work with you to determine if partial knee replacement utilizing the robotic arm is right for you, or if a different option suits you best.


Cartilage Restoration

Cartilage restoration procedures are primarily intended to prolong the need for joint replacement and delay the progression of cartilage damage. A few treatment options available at Altru Specialty Center include arthroscopic cartilage repair, cartilage transplantation and ACI (autologous chondrocyte implantation). After surgery, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. Altru 1300 Columbia offers highly skilled therapists and specialists that will help you get back to your active routine as quickly as possible. Read more about cartilage restoration>>

If you are experiencing knee pain, schedule an appointment by calling 701.780.2300 or online through MyHealth.

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