Bend. Kneel. Step forward, backward, up or down. When your knees work properly, movements like these are effortless.
But if knee pain or injury is keeping you from moving freely, there's a place to turn: Great Plains Health Orthopaedics. Our surgeons have the expertise to find the cause of your pain and help you get moving again.
We'll start with conservative treatments, such as medication and physical therapy. And when surgery is needed, we'll use minimally invasive techniques, medications and nerve blocks to help ease your pain and speed your recovery.
Our surgeons have the expertise to help you get moving again.
What causes knee pain?
The most common cause of knee pain is arthritis. Over time, arthritis can wear away the cartilage that cushions the knee's bones. Those bones then rub against each other, causing pain, swelling and stiffness.
In most cases, knee replacement surgery can restore movement and relieve arthritis pain.
Other common knee problems we treat include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains and tears. These knee injuries are most common among athletes. A torn ACL won't heal on its own and may need to be rebuilt surgically.
- Dislocated kneecap. When a kneecap slides out of its groove, a doctor can manually put it back in place. If it routinely becomes dislocated, surgery can help align the tendons that keep it on track.
- Knee bursitis. When the fluid-filled sacs (bursae) that cushion bones and soft tissues become inflamed, they can cause pain and tenderness inside your knee. If rest, medications and physical therapy don't help, same-day surgery can remove the bursa.
- Knee fractures. Depending on their severity and location, knee fractures may require casts, splints, braces, surgery and physical therapy.
- Meniscus tears. These tears in the cartilage of the knee are often sports-related. But they can happen to anyone. For small tears, rest and medication may be all that's needed. More serious tears can be repaired with a minimally invasive surgery called knee arthroscopy followed by physical therapy.
How does knee replacement work?
If your knee is severely damaged by arthritis or another condition, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery at Great Plains Health. Our surgeons will replace all or part of your damaged knee joint with new parts made of plastic, ceramic or metal.
In the right hands, knee replacement surgery greatly reduces or eliminates knee pain for the majority of patients. And our joint replacement program is designed to get you back to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Make an appointment
If knee pain is disrupting your life, call Great Plains Health Orthopaedics at 308.568.3800 for a consultation.