Orthopaedic Specialties

Knee

Your knee is the largest joint in your body and one of the most complex and used. Because it is made up of so many different parts, many things can go wrong.

Torn cartilage in the knee is a common injury and may need surgery. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk of cartilage tears. Your knee cartilage acts as a shock absorber between your leg bones and without it functioning correctly, you may experience severe pain when moving.

Torn or strained ligaments and tendons, of which there are many in the knee joint, are also common injuries, often resulting from sport and physical activity. Other common conditions that may require surgical treatment include dislocation of knee bones.

Arthritis is a common ailment and may affect the young or old. Arthritis may develop after a person has experienced a traumatic injury to their knees at any age.  Otherwise, arthritis may develop after simple wear and tear, getting worse with age.

In its early stages, arthritis of the knee is treated with nonsurgical measures, including drug treatment, supportive devices, physiotherapy or lifestyle modifications. If arthritis does not respond to non-surgical treatment, you may need to have surgery.

ASOS supports the family doctor–patient relationship. If you have any symptoms that might require treatment, consult your GP, who will refer you to an appropriate orthopaedic specialist.