If you are having significant pain, you should first see an orthopedic physician to determine the cause. It may be something that can be remedied by rest, medication, physical therapy or a combination of these. Once you have determined that your knee pain is caused by a degenerative condition, there are steps you can take to avoid or delay joint replacement surgery.
Depending in part on the severity of your condition, there are a number of treatment options for spinal stenosis, which is when the spinal canal narrows. Usually, you begin with the least invasive options first, which may include:
Surgery is usually a last resort when other, less invasive techniques fail to offer relief. Some surgical options may include laminectomy, which relieves pressure on the spine by removing bone overgrowth, and spinal fusion, which can help strengthen the spine and prevent pain by fusing two spinal vertebrae together.
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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) plays a crucial role in the knee’s stability, especially when an athlete is cutting, pivoting or moving laterally.
A definitive diagnosis is made by physical examination. X-rays and MRIs are usually obtained to confirm the diagnosis and to look for associated injuries, such as meniscal tears or cartilage damage.
The ACL will not heal itself with rest, immobilization or time. Treatment consists of physical therapy, activity modification or ACL surgery.
In order to restore the stability of the knee, a surgical reconstruction may be performed, in which another ligament or tendon is used as a graft to replace the injured ACL. There are many different graft options and different techniques used to reconstruct the ACL, which your doctor can explain to you. The most common way to reconstruct the ACL is arthroscopically. The surgeon uses small incisions, a camera and specialized instruments to perform the surgery, allowing for the quickest recovery possible.
Rehabilitation varies by doctor, but generally aims to protect against any type of cutting or lateral movement for three months, with a gradual return to full activity by six months. The rehabilitation is lengthy and requires several months of physical therapy — all essential to a positive outcome. The good news is that a full return to pre-injury activities can be expected.
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