With eight moving parts, it’s little wonder that the knee, which must carry our full weight, suffers frequent injury. Post-injury arthritis is also quite common. Osteoarthritis causes pain, inflammation, joint degeneration and deterioration, and is the primary reason for total knee replacement.
Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida Practice Philosophy
At Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, our practice philosophy is to treat early with noninvasive, conservative treatments for degenerative conditions. Our goal is to reduce pain and improve function. We have found that for a majority of patients, conservative treatment can relieve pain and improve function without surgery. However, each patient’s care is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the patient’s age, level of activity, general health and the type of injury or problem. Our goal to help our patients regain a pain-free, active lifestyle.
Knee pain occurs in three cases: traumatic injury to bone, ligaments and cartilage, arthritis, and overuse tendinitis, arthritis and bursitis. Knee pain is often accompanied by difficulties with walking such as moving up and down stairs, limping, stiffness, locked knee, redness and swelling, and the inability to bend or extend the knee.
Common knee problems
- Traumatic Fractures
- Dislocation of the knee cap
- Ligament tears: ACL tears are prevalent in sports such as soccer, basketball, football, tennis and any sport that requires a quick change of direction and sudden decelerations. 50% of ACL tears are accompanied by damage to other knee structures.
- Tendonitis: irritation and inflammation of the patellar tendon. Often suffered by runners, jumpers, cyclists, and skiers.
- Bursitis: the inflammation of the bursae, due to overuse.
- Torn meniscus due to a sudden twisting of the knee: twisting, cutting and pivoting, and being tackled, or due to arthritis and aging.
- With injury or degeneration of the bone, or cartilage some pieces break off and float in the joint space. When these get caught inside the joint, it will interfere with knee movement.
- An altered gait due to foot, hip or back problems can cause excessive strain on the knee joint.
- Runner’s Knee or IT Band Syndrome: a common and persistent injury that cause pain on the side of the knee.
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Our Knee Specialists
Camilo Guzman, MD received fellowship training at The Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, the home of some of the world’s most distinguished orthopedic surgeons who provide state-of-the-art orthopedic treatment for both children and adults.
Fletcher A. Reynolds, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, dual-trained in sports medicine and joint replacement at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at St. Francis Hospital, nationally renowned for their state of the art treatments for orthopedic and sports-related problems.
Charles P. Springer, MD is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and joint reconstruction of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is a founding member of our Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Center. His fellowship training was at the Jewell Orthopedic Clinic, home of world-renowned orthopedic care.
Francesca Swartz, DO completed her Sports Medicine Fellowship with Dr. Kevin Plancher in Cos Cob, CT and Manhattan, NY. She worked with the United Football League in Hartford, CT and with the teams of Manhattanville College in Rye, New York.
Our knee experts will conduct a physical exam, including moving your knee through a range of motion, listen and discuss you pain and symptoms, and determine the cause of your problem. In addition, a complete review your medical history will be conducted and imaging tests including x-rays to look for fractures, and an MRI to reveal soft tissue damage will be ordered, if necessary.
Depending on the type of injury, nonsurgical, conservative care may include a knee brace and physical therapy to restore stability as with a partial ACL tear. Treatment is determined by the type and severity of the fracture.
This minimally invasive knee surgery is utilized to diagnose, and in some cases treat, the cause of knee pain. Conditions for which arthroscopy can help:
- Repair of a torn meniscus
- Reconstruction of an ACL
- To trim damaged cartilage and remove loose bodies of cartilage or bone
- To treat infection
- To remove inflamed tissues
- To treat the patella
Your surgeon will determine whether you are a good candidate based on weight, age and health status.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is very successful with low complication rates. It offers a vast improvement in a patient’s quality of life. This surgery is life-enhancing, allowing patients a return to their lives. It relieves almost all of the pain for 90% of patients.
Our passionate and dedicated knee and sports medicine specialists will treat you with care, respect and dignity. At Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, we help patients maximize function and minimize disability. Our physical therapists will guide your rehabilitation safely and effectively after surgery.