Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Knee Treatment Santa Rosa

Orthopaedic services of the knee

The knees are one of the most important joints in the body as they maintain a majority of our weight. However, whether it is due to sustaining an injury or the natural aging process, knee problems can arise when you least expect them to. When a knee injury occurs, it can affect our mobility and our overall quality of life.

What Are Common Problems Associated With the Knee?

Understanding the potential problems that can occur within the knee is crucial to having early detection and treatment.

Below are some of the most common knee problems that can occur:

  • Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes the cartilage within the knee joint to break down. When the cartilage starts to break down, it can lead to pain, discomfort, reduced mobility, and stiffness. According to the WHO, the knee is the most common joint to be affected by osteoarthritis. 
  • Tendonitis – This is a condition where the knee tendons become irritated or inflamed. This commonly occurs from overuse and repetitive motions.
  • Bursitis – Bursitis is a condition where the bursae, small sacs filled with fluid, cause pain and swelling. The bursae are responsible for providing cushioning to the knee. Bursitis can occur from a minor injury or overuse. 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disorder that causes the synovial membrane to become inflamed. Rheumatoid arthritis can be more difficult to treat as it can cause different symptoms.
  • Knee injuries – Knee injuries can be caused by a variety of things. They can include ligament tears, fractures, and meniscal tears. 

How Are Knee Problems Treated?

The treatment for knee problems varies on a wide variety of factors, such as the type of issue, how severe it is, and the symptoms you experience. For example, tendonitis is most commonly treated by getting lots of rest, applying ice, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to alleviate pain and inflammation.

But if you sustained a traumatic injury or have severe rheumatoid arthritis in the knee, more intense treatments, such as total knee replacement surgery, may be recommended.

Is Knee Treatment Covered By Insurance?

Yes, in most cases, knee treatments are typically covered by insurance. However, it is always best to check with your insurance company to see if the policy you hold can cover the costs of treatments, such as knee surgery and physical therapy, before scheduling your appointment.

What Are The Risks of Knee Surgery?

As with any kind of surgical procedure, there are risks you need to be aware of when considering knee surgery. Most knee surgeries are typically safe, but risks can still occur.

These risks include the following:

  • Increased risk of infection
  • Blood clots
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Damage to the nerves and blood vessels
  • Problems with the implants
  • Allergic reactions to the anesthesia

One of our qualified orthopedic surgeons will carefully assess the severity of your condition and medical history to ensure knee surgery is the ideal treatment. They will also construct a unique treatment plan based on your needs.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have recently sustained a knee injury or have any pain and swelling, Redwood Orthopaedic Associates is here to help. Contact us at 707-544-3400 to schedule an appointment today.

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