Treatment for Knee Injuries in North Houston
When people seek orthopaedic care from KSF Orthopaedic Center of North Houston, often, it is because they’ve had knee injuries. It is a common type of injury seen in both athletes and non-athletes and can hinder you in simple day-to-day activities. The knee specialists at our practice have years of experience and skill in providing our patients with quality knee treatment and therapy. The next time you have any kind of pain in your knee, just give KSF Orthopaedic Center a call at (281) 440-6960 and we’ll book you in as soon as we possibly can.
Knee Issues We Treat
Because of the way the knee is built, there are, unfortunately, several ways it can be injured, including normal wear and tear as you age. Our doctors have all the latest knowledge in treatment techniques, so you’re sure to get quality services here at our state-of-the-art facility, including physical therapy and other orthopaedic treatments.
Should you have a badly damaged knee joint, then a knee replacement may be something to consider. Our knee surgeons can safely and effectively relieve your knee pain from arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases by replacing your knee with an artificial one. After you’ve healed from a knee replacement, we strongly suggest you come in for physical therapy so you can strengthen your joint and learn to walk without pain.
If you’re an athlete, then you may be familiar with ACL injuries. These are tears in a major ligament that can have a huge impact on your sports career; you need an orthopaedic surgeon who knows what they’re doing. Thankfully, KSF Orthopaedic Center has a team of physicians and surgeons in orthopaedics who can properly diagnose and treat your ACL injuries, based on your age and activity level. Reconstruction surgery is usually recommended if you want to continue having good mobility in your knee for twisting and pivoting. Like with a knee replacement, it is strongly suggested that you see an orthopaedic doctor for physical therapy after you have healed.
If you’re an athlete, you’ve probably heard of an MCL injury. Your medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a band of tissue running along the inner edge of your knee that connects your shin and thigh bones so that your knee is kept stable when you move. So, if you take a hard hit to the side of your knee or your knee is twisted out too far, this can result in an MCL injury with it being stretched, strained, or torn. Sometimes a popping sound will occur when the injury takes place. Symptoms of an MCL injury include swelling, pain, and tenderness along the inside edge of your knee, a tendency of your knee to lurch to the side when you move, or your knee may feel loose and wobble. It may be difficult to walk or put pressure on your injured knee.
A PCL injury is similar to an ACL injury. Your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) connects your thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia). Although larger and stronger than your ACL, your PCL can still be torn. Causes of a PCL injury can include striking your knee against a dashboard during a car accident, or if you’re an athlete, falling on your knee while it’s bent. Symptoms of a PCL injury may include swelling, knee pain, difficulty walking or bearing weight on your knee, or a wobbly sensation in your knee. Over time, a PCL injury can lead to osteoarthritis in your knee.
Your meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee that helps cushion and stabilize your knee joint, while protecting your bones from wear-and-tear. When you fall and twist your knee, it can cause a meniscus tear that can be quite painful and debilitating. Meniscus tears are common among athletes in contact sports, such as football, or in sports requiring a lot of jumping movements, such as volleyball or soccer. Because your meniscus weakens with age, older athletes are especially prone to meniscus tears. Symptoms of a meniscus tear include a popping sensation when the injury occurs, followed by swelling and pain in your knee, difficulty bending and straightening your leg, and a tendency for your knee to feel like it’s stuck or in a “locked up” position.
There are three main types of arthritis that can affect your knees: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-trauma arthritis. Aches and pains that affect you throughout the day, but especially in the morning and after sitting for a period of time, may indicate that you have arthritis in your knees. Along with orthopaedic therapy, you can alleviate the stiffness and pain with over-the-counter pain relievers and even anti-inflammatory injections if we deem it necessary.
If noninvasive measures don’t work, then a knee replacement surgery may be the next step. Our surgeons at KSF Orthopaedic Center are capable of surgically removing the arthritis from your knee by replacing the damaged cartilage and bone with a new metal or plastic joint surface. If you would like to relieve pain and regain mobility, speak to us today about your choices when it comes to knee pain and diseases and the various treatment options available here in North Houston.
Dr. Stewart Michael Dean is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He attended medical school at University of Texas at Houston where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Medical Honor Society. He then completed a five-year residency in University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His interest in medicine and his desire to use his hands led him to orthopaedic surgery. “I’ve always been active in sports,” Dr. Dean says. “I played football in high school and college and was lucky enough not to have any major injury. I enjoy taking care of people who are active and trying to get them back to full activities. Orthopaedic surgery allows me to use my knowledge and hands to help patients get better.”
Dr. Albert D. Cuellar is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A & M University with a degree in Bioengineering, then went on to medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He completed his Internship in General Surgery and his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at UTMB. He also did a Preceptorship and one year Fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction at Presbyterian Hospital/Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.
Dr. Michael George is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he also played linebacker on the football team. He then earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University and later completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. George went on to obtain additional fellowship training in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Vanderbilt University where he gained extensive experience in advanced shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. George was one of the first doctors in Houston to earn the Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
Dr. Michael George specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine, advanced arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, distal biceps tendon repair, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, multiligament knee reconstruction, total shoulder replacement and total knee replacement. He sees patients at the Willowbrook and Springwoods Village office locations in Houston.