A complex structure where three major bones converge, the knee is the largest and most commonly injured joint in the body. The orthopaedic specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine offer comprehensive non-operative, arthroscopic and joint replacement care for patients with knee injuries and knee pain.
We encourage our patients to try self-care remedies -- rest, ice, decreased activity and over-the- counter anti-inflammatory medications -- prior to seeking medical treatment for minor knee pain after injury. If pain persists after these measures, or if the injury is severe, our knee specialists can evaluate the problem and offer the best treatment options for your condition. Common causes of knee pain include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Meniscus injury
- Problems affecting the kneecap (patella)
- Sprains, strains
- Tendonitis and bursitis
- Torn cartilage
If you have disabling knee pain, the orthopaedic surgeons at the University of Chicago Medicine can help. We offer less invasive surgery (arthroplasty) to reconstruct or replace the joints or bones in a diseased knee.
We provide innovative and effective solutions for individuals experiencing chronic knee pain or disability as a result of:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Traumatic injury
- Failed joint replacements
Our services include partial knee replacements for patients who have isolated disease in one area of the knee and total knee replacements for patients with severe arthritis involving different parts of the knee.
Some patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis pain who require partial knee replacement may be candidates for a procedure that uses robotic-arm assisted technology. This approach helps achieve a more precise knee resurfacing that targets only the arthritic portion of the knee, preserving healthy tissue and bone. »Learn more about partial knee resurfacing with robotic-arm assisted technology.
Recover Faster, Walk Sooner
Many of our patients are up and walking within a day of surgery. We offer a multifaceted program for knee arthroplasty that includes less invasive surgery, specialized anesthetic techniques, multi-modal pain management and rapid-recovery physical therapy.
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