General knee pain is a common reason people seek the advice of a knee specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Torrington, Wyoming. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons offer highly specialized care for a full range of musculoskeletal conditions, and we are dedicated to helping our patients maintain their active lifestyles.
Why Do You Need to See a Knee Specialist?
The strongest joint in the body, the knee is a complex structure composed of three bones: the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). The knee bones are supported by an intricate system of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The ends of the bones are coated with articular cartilage, which cushions the joint as it bends and straightens. The cartilage also prevents bone-on-bone contact during movement.
While damage to any knee joint component can result in knee pain, the most common cause is ongoing wear and tear, which can lead to a gradual breakdown of the knee cartilage. This common age-related condition is known as osteoarthritis.
Knee Pain Can Have Many Causes
In addition to osteoarthritis, knee pain may be related to:
- An anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL tear)
- A posterior cruciate ligament injury (PCL tear)
- A medial collateral ligament injury (MCL tear)
- A meniscal tear
- A fracture of the distal femur, proximal tibia, tibial plateau, or patella
- A quadriceps injury
In sum, because the knee is a highly complex structure, its treatment requires specific expertise that only a knee specialist can provide.
See a Knee Specialist in Torrington
The knee specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers have the knowledge and experience necessary to evaluate and diagnose knee pain, as well as to perform both surgical and non-surgical treatments as required. Our goal is to provide effective treatment through the most conservative means possible. In many cases, knee pain can be alleviated with physical therapy, bracing, or injections. And, if a knee replacement is required, our surgeons are skilled in utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and provide a full spectrum of care throughout the recovery process.
Contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to learn more or schedule a consultation with a knee specialist at our satellite clinic in Torrington, WY.