Knee Specialist Brisbane Northside
Whether you are someone living an active lifestyle or someone who sits at the desk all day, having knee pain or injury could slow you down and affect your overall health. The knee is a very important part of the body as it supports overall body movement, and many people in Brisbane northside are turning to their trusted knee specialist for the best treatment and management they can get.
The knee is a joint that connects the thigh with the rest of the leg, and it supports the upper body so we can perform motions such as running, jumping, sitting, and turning, among many others. While this amazing part of the body is strong, the knee is vulnerable to numerous conditions and injuries especially as we age. The wear and tear on the ligaments and bones can cause pain and hinder you from doing day to day activities.
Common Knee Issues
- A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which is common among athletes and may require reconstructive surgery
- Patellar tendonitis (Jumper’s knee), or injury to the tendon that is common among runners and cyclists
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (Runner’s knee) that is felt behind the kneecap
- A torn cartilage or split meniscus due to the severe impact of twisting during weight-bearing exercise, and could also affect older people due to wear and tear
- Osgood-Schlatter disease, or pain due to overuse and irritation of the tendon in the knee
- Knee pain as a symptom of gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis
- Knee joint dislocation due to motor accidents or sports injury
When to See a Knee Specialist
Many people usually just wait out a knee pain before they resume to their normal activities. However, look out for these symptoms and make sure to visit a knee specialist as soon as possible:
- Sharp or burning pain in the knee, especially bending or straightening
- Swelling or throbbing
- Bony lump in the kneecap or kneecap pain
- Snapping sensation
- Severe bruising
Treatments for Knee Injuries
For knee pain caused by minor injury or arthritis, do the RICE method –rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest the knee, apply some ice to minimize swelling, wear a bandage, and keep the knee elevated.
Aspiration is a procedure where a doctor uses a fine needle to draw off the fluid from a severely swollen knee to release pressure. This method is usually done on people with arthritis.
Arthroscopy is a procedure to repair a knee using a camera and puncturing holes to insert instruments, without the need for a large incision, unlike other surgeries. This is done when the knee injury is less inflamed.
Arthroplasty is a knee replacement surgery that uses metal and plastic parts to resurface a knee damaged by arthritis. This procedure is done for those who suffer from severe arthritis or knee injury.
Physical therapy is recommended for patients post-surgery, or even without one, with the purpose of strengthening the muscles around the knee. This involves exercises that allow better movement mechanisms for the knee and the leg to prevent injuries in the future.
Not sure if you need a knee specialist and live in Brisbane northside? Come in and see us at Ubuntu Medical. Call us on (07) 3857 3777.
At Ubuntu Medical, we also do Pain Management.