The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most complex. It is made up of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (lower leg bone) and patella (knee cap). Ligaments connect the bones — tendons attach muscle to bones — and cartilage acts as a shock absorber. The knees have to support the body’s full weight when we stand and provide even more support when we walk or run. Think about all the movements we ask our knees to perform, and you can see how the many parts of the knee joint can be vulnerable to injury. In addition to trauma, a number of diseases can also cause knee problems.
Common knee (bone, muscle, tendon) problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sprained or torn ligaments
- Cartilage injuries
- Pain syndromes
Why choose CMO for your knee problem?
Knee injuries are one of the most common reasons people seek the help of orthopaedic surgeons in the United States.
CMO has a well-established treatment program based upon a physician staff of experienced, well-trained surgeons dedicated to helping patients understand their injuries and restore function.
And, while CMO, with its ambulatory surgery center (ASC), is uniquely qualified to perform surgery and is achieving some of the best outcomes in the U.S., we will look first to noninvasive treatments. If those do not work, we will likely look at outpatient surgery in our ASC. If major surgery is needed, it will be performed by one of our surgeons at one of the area hospitals with which we are affiliated.
The more you know about your knees, the better able you will be to avoid injuries, and even illnesses and conditions that can occur as you age.