Knee injuries are some of the most common pains seen in an orthopedic clinic. The knee sustains 3-4 times of the body’s force through it with every single step. That means for a 100lb person, each knee takes on 300-400 lbs of force with walking. And even more when running! When you add in an accidental twist or misstep, you can see why injuries are so common.
As we age, the soft tissues in the knee are no longer able to distribute those forces as well. Add in the additional wear and tear of athletics or exercise, even from our younger glory days, and the knees find themselves prone to more injuries.
Dr. Copeland’s Sports Medicine Fellowship has allowed her to study and understand the latest procedures for the most complicated of injuries. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear, or ACL, is one of these injuries. How it is fixed is important. Despite common thought, not all fixes are the same! Over the last several decades there have been many ways to do this repair, but not every type of reconstruction has been shown to work as well as the others.
Meet with Dr. Copeland to ask questions about these studies and learn the proven ways to reconstruct the knee and which procedure is best for you to get back on the field with the least risk of re-injury!
The ACL tear is just one of the few injuries of the knee treated by Dr. Copeland. Here are a few more:
- Meniscus tears
- Knee arthritis injections
- Total knee replacement
- Partial knee replacement with robotic assistance (one of only a few surgeons in the area certified for this)
- Knee arthroscopy procedures
- Multi-ligament knee injuries
- Sprains and strains about the knee
- Quadriceps tendon repairs
- Patellar tendinitis
- Cartilage replacement with auto and allograft
- Patellar bursitis
- Patellar fracture fixation
- Fixation of tibial plateau fractures
- Fixation of distal femur fractures
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnosis or give a comprehensive overview of your pain. This content is for information purposes only. For an official medical diagnosis of your individual orthopedic pain, consult Dr. Copeland in clinic via appointment.