The knee is a weight-bearing joint that includes the patella (kneecap) as well as other structures, like muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. It can perform many movements, but there are also many ways the knee can be damaged, whether it's through repetitive use or a one-time injury.
Our knee surgeons at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Steven Barrington, Dr. Charles Hartzog, and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, offer the unique expertise you need to heal from any knee injury or condition.
What Is a Knee Specialist?
Knee specialists are surgeons with extensive training in orthopedics who can expertly examine, diagnose, and treat knee joint injuries and knee pain. From knee replacement to minimally invasive arthroscopic ligament repair, these doctors offer highly specialized orthopedic surgery and care.
These surgeons often treat knee problems without a knee surgery. For example, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can be effective as well as physical therapy or ultrasound-guided injections. If knee surgery is necessary, your surgeon can perform the right procedure for you.
Arthroscopy is commonly used to repair soft-tissue injuries to the cartilage, ligaments, and tendons in the knee. For severe joint damage, knee replacement surgery (total knee arthroplasty) may offer the best results. Some knee surgery can be performed on an outpatient (same-day) basis.
Orthopedic surgeons know that patient education is critical in order for a joint replacement, like total knee replacement, or any orthopedic surgery to be successful. Therefore, they develop treatment plans that they discuss with patients prior to surgery.
If you have knee pain, review the checklist below for common symptoms related to arthritis and other knee issues. If you are experiencing any of them, seek out a specialty-trained orthopedic doctor or surgeon who specializes in knee care.
- Existing artificial knee joint feels painful or unsteady
- Joint feels unstable
- Knee pain is worse in the morning or after sitting for an extended period
- Loud popping or snapping sound
- Difficulty straightening the knee
Common Orthopedic Knee Conditions
Arthritis is one issue that can cause significant knee pain. Patients may be treated with nonsurgical treatment options first, like physical therapy. While this may be all a person needs, knee surgery can sometimes be a better option. Often, a type of knee surgery like knee replacement can be highly effective and lead to a better quality of life. That's why our joint replacement specialists offer state-of-the-art options for shoulder and hip replacement as well as knee replacement.
Another common knee injury is called a meniscus tear. Knee doctors who work within the field of sports medicine often treat meniscus tears as well as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, both common athletic injuries. If the tears are severe, knee surgery may be necessary.
Common knee issues your doctor may diagnose include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
- Collateral ligament damage
- Knee arthritis
- Meniscus tear
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Osteochondritis dissecans
- Prepatellar bursitis
- Sports-related injury
- Supracondylar femoral fracture
- Torn ligament
Specialized. In Your Knee Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our knee doctors are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating knee pain. They have obtained years of specialized medical training, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our team of highly skilled knee surgeons includes fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Barrington as well as fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeons Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott. Together, they treat patients with nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries, such as partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, patellofemoral (kneecap) resurfacing, and cartilage repair surgical procedures.