Knee Injuries Specialist

Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in West Des Moines, IA, Ankeny, IA, & Indianola, IA

Knee injuries are some of the most common joint problems people face apart from degenerative conditions like arthritis. If you’ve injured one or both knees, the highly experienced team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, can help. They have considerable expertise in treating knee injuries of all kinds to get you back on track as quickly as possible. Call one of their branches in Clive, Ankeny, or Indianola, Iowa, to find out more or book an appointment online.

Knee Injuries Q & A

What causes knee injuries?

Knee injuries are common in people who participate in sports and other high-intensity activities. That’s because your knees have to carry your weight, yet still support you while you run and jump or twist and turn.

Knees frequently get injured because of bad landings after jumps, moving awkwardly during a game, or stopping and turning too quickly. These actions all put your knees under excessive strain, which leads to the bones, ligaments, and tendons stretching or snapping.

Trips and falls and traumas like road traffic accidents are also common causes of knee injuries.

What are the most common knee injuries?

There are many ways to damage the complex structures that make up your knee, but the most common injuries are:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Strained tendons
  • Sprained ligaments
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear
  • MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear
  • Meniscus tear 
  • Patellar tendinitis (runner’s knee)
  • Articular cartilage injuries 

Sports and exercise are risk factors for these types of injuries, but a trip or slip walking down your front path or along the sidewalk can also cause a surprising amount of damage.

How are knee injuries diagnosed?

Your provider at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, begins their diagnosis of your knee injury with a thorough physical exam. They need to know how the injury occurred, as well as any other symptoms you have. They also take a look at your medical history.

The next stage is diagnostic testing, such as X-rays, EMG, or MRI scans. The practice is fully equipped with its own state-of-the-art diagnostic technology, which is far more convenient than having to go elsewhere for your tests.

The team receives your results directly after the test, so you get a faster diagnosis and can start treatment quickly.

What treatments are available for knee injuries?

Treatments for knee injuries depend on the diagnosis. Fractures might need setting and could require surgery, after which you might be in a cast or have a splint to immobilize the leg. Soft tissue injuries often respond to conservative treatments including:

  • Knee brace
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Pain relief medicine
  • Massage therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises

Some injuries might not heal properly without surgery. If you need an operation, the team at Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, has exceptional surgical skills. They specialize in using minimally invasive techniques like arthroscopic surgery to repair the tendon, ligament, and cartilage injuries.

If you have a knee injury call Capital Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, PC, today, or book an appointment online.