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What is the Anatomy of the Knee?

To comprehend the importance of maintaining knee health and the causes of knee pain, it is crucial to understand the anatomy of our knees. We have dissected its main components to provide a clearer explanation of their unique roles in maintaining our mobility.

At the core of the knee’s anatomy are the femur and tibia, two major players that come together to form the primary joint connection. Protecting them is the patella, also known as the kneecap, which acts as a shield for the joint and contributes to knee extension during movement.

Ligaments are robust bands of connective tissue that provide stability to the knee and keep everything together. They can be likened to strong ropes connecting one bone to another, promoting stability and preventing overextension. The knee has four main ligaments:

 

They are situated in the centre of your knee, intersecting in an "X" shape. The former assists in the control and rotation of the shin bone, while the latter controls backward movement.

They are positioned on the sides of your knee, with MCL on the inner side and LCL on the outer section. In addition to providing stability, they also prevent excessive side-to-side movement.

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If you notice any of these signs, we recommend reaching out to our specialists at Avant Orthopaedics for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What are the Treatments Available for Knee Pain?

Upon receiving a knee pain diagnosis, a wide array of treatments is available to provide relief and comfort. These can be tailored by your healthcare provider to best suit your conditions.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Knee Pain

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Your doctor may recommend using knee braces or supports to alleviate strain on your knee. They can provide additional support and offer relief during physical activity.

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This injection delivers anti-inflammatory medication to the knee joint. While relief is temporary, corticosteroid injections can be valuable in managing acute episodes of knee pain.

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This treatment supplements the knee's lubricating fluid, potentially reducing friction and improving pain.

Surgical Treatments for Knee Pain

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This minimally invasive procedure offers a view into your knee joint, allowing skilled surgeons to address issues directly. It's a precision-driven approach that aims to mend and restore, offering the prospect of alleviating pain and enhancing joint function.

These procedures are forms of knee preservation surgery which reduces pain and improves knee function and quality of life. The principle of osteomy around the knee is to rebalance the pressure force between the inner and outer compartments of the knee.

When severe damage takes a toll on your knee joint, partial knee replacement becomes a solution for damage that’s confined to one or 2 compartments. This transformative procedure involves replacing damaged single of double compartments with prosthetic counterparts, offering enduring pain relief and restoring mobility.

Total knee replacement surgery is a procedure designed to address severe knee joint damage caused by conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or injury. It is typically considered when non-surgical treatments no longer provide effective relief.

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Developing Knee Pain?

Taking steps to reduce the risk of developing knee pain and preserving their condition is essential. Here are some tips:

Your knees support your body weight with each step. Maintaining a healthy weight ensures this load remains manageable, minimising undue strain on the knee joints.

Swimming, cycling, and brisk walking are examples of low-impact activities. They don't subject your knees to excessive stress and can improve your cardiovascular health.

Whether lifting weights or performing daily tasks, using proper techniques is crucial to prevent undue strain on your knees. Practising correct posture and alignment distributes forces evenly across the joints.

Rest is integral to any fitness regimen. Overexertion can lead to fatigue and increase the risk of injuries, including knee pain. Allow your body the time it needs to recover and repair.

When Should You Seek Professional Help?

If your knee pain is due to an injury or you experience the following symptoms, seeking professional help is advised:

You don’t need to exhibit all of these symptoms before seeking medical attention, as early and timely intervention is crucial in preventing the condition from worsening.

Are You or a Loved One Suffering from Knee Pain?

Knee pain can be a debilitating condition that prevents you or your loved ones from living life to its fullest. Feel free to book an appointment to receive a personalized consultation where we will diagnose your condition and recommend a suitable treatment.

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