Time to take control of your knee pain? If you’ve been suffering from pain and discomfort in either one or both of your knees for some time, you should seek the advice of a knee surgeon. Melbourne residents can contact Dr. Chandrasekaran at MOATI, an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in issues with the knee.
Why Do I Have Knee Pain?
To get a better idea of why your knee hurts, let’s take a look at how it works. Your knee is the largest joint in your body and it works a lot like a hinge. Three bones come together to form the joint: the lower end of the thigh bone (the femur), the upper end of the shin bone (the tibia), and then the knee cap (the patella) right above where the long bones meet.
Tough bands called ligaments help keep everything in place and stable and cartilage provides cushioning, keeps bones from rubbing together, and absorbs the shock of walking, running, and jumping. Your body also produces a natural lubricating fluid called synovium that minimizes friction in the joint. When everything is working smoothly, you don’t have to think about the mechanics of your knee. When something’s wrong, it can feel debilitating.
Common Ways A Knee Injury Occurs
There are a number of different ways that knee injuries can occur. Whether it’s as a result of sports injuries or just general wear and tear, damage to the knee joint can cause serious disruption to your everyday life. Below is some more information on how knee injuries can occur.
Trauma is the leading cause of knee injury. Falls, twisting injuries and collisions during sports cause damage to the bones, joint cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the knee.
Repetitive use is a common cause of knee injuries. People whose occupations require a large amount of kneeling, climbing, squatting or stooping are particularly susceptible to the development of knee pain. Athletes who play sports that require sudden changes of direction or jumping are at increased risk of knee injuries.
Over time, our bodies age. Inflammation from “wear and tear” of the joints results in arthritis. The meniscus is susceptible to degeneration over time, resulting in pain caused by small tears. Chronic inflammation of the tendons may predispose them to rupture.
Treatments for knee pain
There are both surgical and non-surgical options for treating knee pain, depending on the condition you’re suffering from. If the joint is severely damaged it is likely you’ll need surgery, however lesser injuries can often be treated without.
If you require a surgical procedure to treat your knee pain, you’ll have either an arthroscopy or a partial or total replacement. After your consultation with Dr. Chandrasekaran, he’ll be able to advise you on the best course of action to treat your knee pain.
There are a number of different non-surgical treatment options for knee pain. Depending on the severity of your injury, Dr. Chandrasekaran will either provide you with a detailed exercise and stretching plan, or offer you the option to have certain injections or radiofrequency ablation treatment.
Dr. Chandrasekaran is a Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in treating knee pain caused by sports injuries.
When should I see a knee specialist?
If you’ve been suffering from knee pain for a few weeks and the pain and discomfort hasn’t subsided, you should seek the expertise of a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. Even more so if you’ve already tried taking medications to treat the pain.
How much does knee surgery cost in Melbourne?
The total cost of your knee surgery will depend on which part of the knee is injured and which type of treatment you need. In order to understand exactly how much it will cost you, it’s best to book an appointment with Dr. Chandrasekaran, who will be able to explain in more detail.
Why choose MOATI as my knee specialist in Melbourne?
Dr. Chandrasekaran is one of the most experienced Melbourne orthopaedic surgeons, having completed prestigious fellowships in the United Kingdom, United States and Switzerland. He has extensive knowledge with regards to knee pain having published over 50 articles on hip and knee treatments. There is no one better to carry out your knee surgery.
Dr Siva Chandrasekaran
Dr Siva Chandrasekaran is a highly experienced Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon and specialist when it comes to treating knee pain. He is committed to treating all his patients as if they were professional athletes, using the same meticulous approach to maximise the chance of them making a full recovery and ensuring they can resume normal activities as quickly as possible.
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