Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & Internal Medicine located in Roswell, NM
Nearly 20% of adults suffer from knee pain or stiffness. If you’re experiencing a knee issue, the team at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico in Roswell, New Mexico, features fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Omar N. Osmani, MD. He possesses more than 16 years of experience in performing total knee replacement surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, and other interventions. For expertise, you can count on, call the office today.
Knee Surgery Q & A
What is the structure of my knee?
Your knee joint is the meeting point of your thigh bone (femur) and shinbone (tibia). The meniscus cushions these bones. Your meniscus is two discs of cartilage that act as shock absorbers for the knee.
Your kneecap (patella) is attached to your tibia and thigh bone by tendons, and it slides up and down as you bend and straighten your knee. Working together, these bones and tissues allow you to walk, run, and perform all of the activities of daily life.
What conditions affect my knee?
Your knee is susceptible to wear-and-tear damage, such as osteoarthritis, along with injuries from playing sports. This is especially true with activities that involve running, stopping and starting quickly, or making rapid changes in direction.
The team at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico often sees the following knee conditions:
This condition occurs when an injury pushes your kneecap out of its proper location. Signs of patellar instability include swelling, knee pain, difficulty walking, or a locking, catching, or buckling sensation in your knee.
Tendonitis is an injury to the tendon between your shinbone and kneecap. Also called jumper's knee or patellar tendinitis, this condition commonly affects people who play basketball or volleyball, but non-athletes also can get this type of tendinitis.
Meniscus tears are frequent injuries, especially among athletes. Older adults are more likely to have degenerative meniscal tears due to weakened cartilage.
How are knee conditions diagnosed?
Your practitioner at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico diagnoses your knee condition by taking a thorough medical history, asking about your symptoms, and performing a physical exam. They usually recommend X-rays or an MRI to evaluate your knee for cartilage damage or other trauma. These imaging tests are both available onsite. Once they’ve completed their diagnosis, they suggest a treatment plan that’s appropriate for you.
How are knee conditions treated?
Your treatment plan typically begins with conservative, nonsurgical methods. These methods include medications, walking supports, and making changes to your activity level.
If these approaches prove ineffective, your practitioner may recommend surgery. The orthopedic surgeon at Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico has the training and experience to perform both minimally invasive and open knee surgery, including:
If you’re seeking expert care for your knee, look no further than Spine and Orthopedic Center of New Mexico. Call the office today.