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Knee Pain Clinic

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Knee Pain

Knee pain refers to pain that occurs in and around your knee joint. Knee pain can be caused by problems with the knee joint itself, or it can be caused by conditions affecting the soft tissues, ligaments, tendons, or bursae that surround the knee.

The severity of knee pain can vary widely. Some people may feel only a slight twinge, while others may experience debilitating knee pain that interferes with their day-to-day activities. In most cases, self-care measures can help you cope with knee pain.

The knee consists of two long leg-bones held together by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint. Other knee problems result from injury or a sudden movement that stiffens the knee.

Some common conditions of Knee Problem include:

  • ARTHRITIS – Knee pain is a common problem in Asia, especially in individuals above the age of 40. The most common cause of knee pain is degenerative osteoarthritis. Women are more prone to the disease. It is characterized by mild to debilitating pain.

  • LIGAMENT INJURIES – Ligament injuries in the knee; such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are dreaded by professional and amateur athletes alike. They can be painful and debilitating. They can even permanently change your lifestyle.

  • MENISCAL TEAR – The meniscus is a small “c” shaped cartilage that acts as a cushion in the knee joint. They sit between the femur and the tibia bone, one on the outside and one on the inside of the knee.

  • PATELLAR TENDONITIS – Patellar tendinitis is a common overuse injury. It occurs when repeated stress is placed on the patellar tendon. The stress results in tiny tears in the tendon, which the body attempts to repair.

  • CHONDROMALACIA PATELLA – Chondromalacia patella is a common cause of kneecap pain or anterior knee pain. Often called “Runner’s Knee,” this condition often affects young, otherwise healthy athletes.

  • DISLOCATING KNEECAPS – Kneecap dislocation occurs when the triangle-shaped bone covering the knee (patella) moves or slides out of place. The problem usually occurs toward the outside of the leg.

  • BAKER’S CYST – A Baker cyst is swelling caused by fluid from the knee joint protruding to the back of the knee. The back of the knee is also referred to as the popliteal area of the knee

  • BURSITIS – A bursa is a closed fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body.

  • PLICA SYNDROME – Often called “synovial plica syndrome,” this is a condition that is the result of a remnant of fetal tissue in the knee. The synovial plica are membranes that separate the knee into compartments during fetal development.

  • OSGOOD-SCHALLATER DISEASE – Osgood-Schlatter disease is a disorder of the lower front of the knee where the large tendon under the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the bone of the leg below.

  • OSTEOCHONDRITIS DISSECANS – Osteochondritis dissecans is a joint condition in which a piece of cartilage, along with a thin layer of the bone beneath it, comes loose from the end of a bone.

  • GOUT – Gout is a rheumatoid form of arthritis that causes the inflammation, joint pain and swelling especially in the toe, knee and ankle, also reducing their mobility.

  • SHIN SPLINT – Shin splints are a member of a group of injuries called “overuse injuries.” Shin splints occur most commonly in runners or aggressive walkers

When do you need to call us about your knee pain?

If you are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of knee pain must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by a doctor include:

  • Inability to walk comfortably on the affected side

  • Injury that causes deformity around the joint

  • Knee pain that occurs at night or while resting

  • Knee pain that persists beyond a few days

  • Locking (inability to bend) the knee

  • Swelling of the joint or the calf area

  • Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth

  • Any other unusual symptoms

Treatments for Knee Pain

Treatment of knee pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.

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Who is Knee Specialist?

Knee specialist is an orthopaedic surgeon specialise in disorders of the knee. They deal with conditions such as knee arthritis, and damage to the knee ligaments. The operations and treatments that knee specialists offer include total and partial knee replacement, arthroscopic knee surgery, and knee ligament reconstruction (including anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction).

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Preventing ACL Injuries

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) knee injuries can cause many problems for kids who play sports. Besides the chance of having to sit out an entire season, they might face loss of scholarship funding, lowered academic performance,1 and long-term disability from osteoarthritis (a painful joint condition). More than 50,000 debilitating ACL injuries occur in female athletes at the high school and intercollegiate varsity levels in an average year.

Knee Bursitis

Knee Bursitis

Why do ACL Injuries occur in kids?

Most ACL tears do not occur from player-to-player contact. The most common causes of noncontact ACL injury include: change of direction or cutting maneuvers combined with sudden stopping, landing awkwardly from a jump, or pivoting with the knee nearly fully extended when the foot is planted on the ground.

Who is at Risk for An ACL Injury?

There is no definitive link between age and gender, and the rising rates of ACL injuries. However, landing, cutting, and pivoting maneuvers have been shown to differ between male and female athletes. For example, some female soccer players may perform playing actions with more of a knock-kneed position, or a reduced hip and knee joint range of motion, or decreased hamstring strength, any of which may underlie their increased risk for an ACL injury.

How can an ACL Injury be prevented?

It is difficult to assess how athletes can best modify their movements to prevent noncontact ACL injuries. Speaking with an athletic trainer, physical therapist, or sports medicine specialist is a good place to start. Recent research has allowed therapists and clinicians to easily identify and target weak muscle areas (e.g., weak hips, which leads to knock-kneed landing positions) and identify ways to improve strength and thus help prevent injury. In addition, other risk factors such as reduced hamstring strength and increased joint range of motion can be further assessed by a physical therapist or athletic trainer to improve performance—or rehabilitation efforts after an injury has occurred.

Current studies also demonstrate that specific types of training, such as jump routines and learning to pivot properly, help athletes prevent ACL injuries. These types of exercises and training programs are more beneficial if athletes start when they are young. It may be optimal to integrate prevention programs during early adolescence, prior to when young athletes develop certain habits that increase the risk of an ACL injury.

Summary

There are several factors that determine whether or not a young athlete will get an ACL injury. Preseason screening programs that monitor important risk factors and identify young “high-risk” athletes who would benefit from targeted neuromuscular training interventions may be the most beneficial way to reduce the risk of ACL injuries in young athletes.

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ACL Injury: Does it require surgery?

What is an ACL tear?

An ACL tear is a relatively common sporting injury affecting the knee and is characterized by tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the knee (ACL).

A ligament is a strong band of connective tissue which attaches bone to bone. The ACL is situated within the knee joint and is responsible for joining the back of the femur (thigh bone) to the front of the tibia (shin bone).

The ACL is one of the most important ligaments of the knee, giving it stability. The ACL achieves this role by preventing excessive twisting, straightening of the knee (hyperextension) and forward movement of the tibia on the femur. When these movements are excessive and beyond what the ACL can withstand, tearing to the ACL occurs. This condition is known as an ACL tear and may range from a small partial tear resulting in minimal pain, to a complete rupture of the ACL resulting in significant pain and disability, and, potentially requiring surgery. An ACL tear can be graded as follows:

  • Grade 1 tear: a small number of fibres are torn resulting in some pain but allowing full function
  • Grade 2 tear: a significant number of fibres are torn with moderate loss of function.
  • Grade 3 tear: all fibres are ruptured resulting in knee instability and major loss of function. Often other structures are also injured such as the menisci or collateral ligaments. Surgery is often required.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Causes of an ACL tear

ACL tears typically occur during activities placing excessive strain on the ACL. This generally occurs suddenly due to a specific incident, however, occasionally may occur due to repetitive strain. There are three main movements that place stress on the ACL, these include:

  • twisting of the knee
  • hyperextension of the knee
  • forward movement of the tibia on the femur

When any of these movements (or combinations of these movements) are excessive and beyond what the ACL can withstand, tearing of the ACL may occur. Of these movements, twisting is the most common cause of an ACL tear.

ACL tears are frequently seen in contact sports or sports requiring rapid changes in direction. These may include: football, netball, basketball and downhill skiing. The usual mechanism of injury for an ACL tear is a twisting movement when weight-bearing (especially when landing from a jump) or due to a collision forcing the knee to bend in the wrong direction (such as another player falling across the outside of the knee). Occasionally an ACL injury may occur during a sudden deceleration when running.

Signs and Symptoms of an ACL tear

Patients with an ACL tear may notice an audible snap or tearing sound at the time of injury. In minor cases of an ACL tear, patients may be able to continue activity only to experience an increase in pain, swelling and stiffness in the knee after activity with rest (particularly first thing in the morning). Often the pain associated with this condition is felt deep within the knee and is poorly localized.

In cases of a complete rupture of the ACL, pain is usually severe at the time of injury, however, may sometimes quickly subside. Patients may also experience a feeling of the knee going out and then going back in as well as a rapid onset of considerable swelling (within the first few hours following injury). Patients with a complete rupture of the ACL generally can not continue activity as the knee may feel unstable, or may collapse during certain movements (particularly twisting). Occasionally, the patient may be unable to weight bear at the time of injury due to pain and may develop bruising and knee stiffness over the coming days (especially an inability to fully straighten the knee). Patients with a complete rupture of the ACL may also experience recurrent episodes of the knee giving way following the injury.

Diagnosis of an ACL tear

A thorough subjective and objective examination from a physiotherapist is usually sufficient to diagnose an ACL tear. Investigations such as an X-ray, MRI scan or CT scan may be required to confirm diagnosis and determine the extent of damage or involvement of other structures within the knee.

Treatment for an ACL tear

Most patients with a minor to moderate ACL tear  heal well with appropriate physiotherapy. The success rate of treatment is largely dictated by patient compliance. A vital aspect of treatment is that the patient rests sufficiently from any activity that increases their pain. Activities placing large amounts of stress on the ACL should also be minimized, particularly twisting and hyperextension of the knee. Resting from aggravating activities ensures the body can begin the healing process in the absence of further damage. Once the patient can perform these activities pain free a gradual return to these activities is indicated provided there is no increase in symptoms.

Ignoring symptoms or adopting a ‘no pain, no gain’ attitude is likely to lead to the problem becoming chronic. Immediate, appropriate treatment in patients with this condition is essential to ensure a speedy recovery. Once the condition is chronic, healing slows significantly resulting in markedly increased recovery times and an increased likelihood of future recurrence or ACL surgery.

Patients with an ACL tear should follow the R.I.C.E. Regime in the initial phase of injury. The R.I.C.E regime is beneficial in the first 72 hours following injury or when inflammatory signs are present (i.e. morning pain or pain with rest). The R.I.C.E. regime involves resting from aggravating activities (this may include the use of crutches), regular icing, the use of a compression bandage and keeping the leg elevated. Anti-inflammatory medication may also significantly hasten the healing process in patients with an ACL tear by reducing the pain and swelling associated with inflammation.

Patients with an ACL tear should also perform pain-free flexibility and strengthening exercises as part of their rehabilitation to ensure an optimal outcome. One of the key components of ACL rehabilitation is pain-free strengthening of the quadriceps, hamstring and gluteal muscles to improve the control of the knee joint with weight-bearing activities. The treating physiotherapist can advise which exercises are most appropriate for the patient and when they should be commenced.

Surgery for an ACL tear

Surgical reconstruction of the ACL is often required in patients who have a complete rupture of the ACL and are seeking the highest level of function. The procedure is known as an ACL reconstruction and generally comprises of arthroscopic surgery to reconstruct or repair the ACL with other tissue from your body. The hamstring tendon or patella tendon are most frequently used in this process.

Following ACL reconstruction surgery a lengthy period of rehabilitation of 6 – 12 months or longer is required to gain an optimal outcome and return the patient to full activity or sport. Surgery for an ACL tear should be particularly considered in patients who have a complete rupture and:

  • are < 40 years of age
  • need a high level of knee function for recreational, work or sporting activity
  • have associated damage to their menisci or collateral ligaments of the knee
  • are able to comply and commit to intensive rehabilitation
  • have ongoing knee pain, swelling or recurrent episodes of the knee giving way despite appropriate rehabilitation

Following a complete ACL tear, patients who choose not to have surgery may suffer from ongoing knee instability and recurrent episodes of the knee collapsing or giving way with certain movements (particularly twisting). Patients with a complete ACL tear may also have an increased likelihood of developing knee osteoarthritis due to excessive movement and subsequent wear and tear of the knee.

In those patients who undergo surgical intervention, rehabilitation should commence from the time of injury, not from the time of surgery. This is essential to minimize swelling, improve range of movement and strength and ensure an optimal outcome following surgery.

Prognosis of an ACL tear

With appropriate management, most patients with a minor to moderate ACL tear (grades 1 and 2) can return to sport or normal activity within 2 – 8 weeks. Patients with a complete rupture of the ACL will frequently require surgical reconstruction followed by a lengthy rehabilitation period of 6 – 12 months or longer to gain optimum function. Patients who also have damage to other structures of the knee such as the meniscus or collateral ligaments are likely to have an extended rehabilitation period.

Physiotherapy for an ACL tear

Physiotherapy for patients with this condition is vital to hasten the healing process, ensure an optimal outcome and reduce the likelihood of future recurrence. Treatment may comprise:

  • soft tissue massage
  • joint mobilization
  • taping
  • bracing
  • ice or heat treatment
  • electrotherapy (e.g. ultrasound)
  • anti-inflammatory advice
  • exercises to improve flexibility, strength and balance
  • hydrotherapy
  • education
  • activity modification advice
  • crutches prescription
  • biomechanical correction
  • a gradual return to activity program

Other intervention for an ACL tear

Despite appropriate physiotherapy management, a small percentage of patients with a minor to moderate ACL tear and most patients with a complete ACL tear do not improve adequately. When this occurs the treating physiotherapist or doctor can advise on the best course of management. This may involve further investigation such as an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, or a review by a specialist who can advise on any procedures that may be appropriate to improve the condition. Surgical reconstruction of the ACL is frequently required in cases of a complete ACL rupture particularly when conservative measures fail.

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Should my child have ACL Surgery?

ACL injury in child

ACL Tears in Children

ACL reconstruction surgery is the standard treatment for young, active people who sustain an ACL tear. But what happens when that person is a child? Should ACL surgery be delayed until the child is older, or should ACL reconstruction be performed before skeletal maturity?

Answer: Traditionally, when a child injured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a connection within the knee important for joint stability, surgeons were reluctant to operate and reconstruct the ligament right away for fear of damaging the growth plate. The concern was that before a child has reached skeletal maturity (about 12-13 years old in girls or 14-15 years old in boys) this type of surgery presented a risk of injuring the growth plate. Growth plate problems resulting from ACL surgery could lead to unequal leg lengths or angular deformity. However, recent research shows that the risk of growth plate problems is much less then the risk of permanent knee damage if the ACL is not fixed.

Growth Plates in Children

The growth plates are the part of the bone that grows in length. Most bone growth occurs near to the ends of long bones in these areas called growth plates. Two of the most active growth plates in the body are just above and just below the knee joint. These growth plates contribute to the length of both the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia).Traditional ACL reconstructive surgery involves making a tunnel in the bone directly in the location of these growth plates. At the time of skeletal maturity, the growth plate closes. Once the growth plate is closed (or nearly closed) the risk of causing a growth disturbance is gone. However, by drilling a hole through an open growth plate, the body may close the growth plate early. This could lead to complete growth plate closure, causing leg length inequality, or partial growth plate closure, causing angular deformity. Angular deformity could in turn lead to knock knees (genu valgus) and bow legs (genu varus), These conditions progressively worsen with further growth and could lead to problems such as joint damage and arthritis.

ACL Tears in Children

Knees that are unstable as a result of ACL tears have a high chance of meniscus tears and cartilage injury. Many surgeons have recommended that ACL surgery in children be delayed until the child has reached skeletal maturity. The hope being that by delaying surgery, you could avoid the potential complications of growth plate injury as a result of ACL surgery.Two factors have lead to more surgeons recommending early ACL surgery, even in children. First, more recent research has evaluated the risk of growth plate injury in comparison to the downside of delaying surgical treatment of the torn ACL. The risk of meniscus tears and cartilage injury was found in a recent study to be higher than the risk of growth disturbances. Second, there are modifications to traditional ACL surgery that allow the growth plate to be minimally affected in children. Furthermore, your doctor may recommend a specific type of graft to help minimize the chance of growth plate injury if surgical treatment is pursued. Therefore, more surgeons are recommending early ACL surgery, even in children.

The bottom line is that the risks of waiting (joint instability, meniscus tears, and cartilage injury) appear to be greater than the risk of growth plate injury for early ACL reconstruction with current surgical approaches. As a result surgeons today are more likely to recommend early ACL reconstruction.