Knee Injuries

Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are the hallmark of sports medicine. Temple’s Sports Medicine team provides treatment and management of the full spectrum of knee injuries, including:

Treatments for knee injuries include:

  • Meniscus surgery, including meniscus transplant – The meniscus is a C-shaped cushion of cartilage in the knee joint. If the meniscus is damaged, surgery may be required to repair the torn cartilage. In some instances where the meniscus is so badly damaged it cannot be repaired, your doctor may recommend meniscal transplant surgery to replace the damaged tissue with donor cartilage.
  • ACL surgery, including revision surgery – The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is part of a network of tendons and ligaments that help stabilize the knee. Arthroscopic surgery is most often used to reconstruct a damaged ACL. Reconstruction usually requires a tissue graft of another tendon such as the hamstring, quadriceps or patellar.
  • Cartilage restoration, including osteochondral transplant and Carticel® (autologous chondrocyte implantation) – Cartilage is a smooth, white substance that covers the ends of the bones where they meet to form joints. Healthy cartilage allows the bones to glide over each other with little friction. There are a variety of surgical techniques that can be used to repair or restore damaged cartilage. Some procedures involve stimulating new cartilage growth, while others require grafting healthy cartilage from one part of the joint in place of the damaged tissue. Arthroscopic surgery is often used to perform cartilage repair, but in some instances, traditional open surgery is required.
  • Osteotomy/alignment surgery – A knee osteotomy is performed by cutting and reshaping either the tibia (shin bone) or femur (thigh bone) in order to relieve pressure on the damaged area of the knee. This surgery is often used when only one side of the knee joint has been damaged due to early-stage osteoarthritis. Relieving the pressure from the damaged area of the joint can significantly improve function and reduce pain in the joint.
  • Multi-ligament knee reconstruction – When more than one ligament in the knee is injured, multi-ligament knee surgery may be required to repair or reconstruct the ligaments. Often, the ligaments must be constructed using a graft of tissue from elsewhere in the body.
  • Physical therapy – This non-invasive approach to care uses specially designed exercises and equipment to treat orthopaedic disease and injury. Physical therapy helps patients regain or improve their physical abilities and is often the first line of treatment used at Temple Sports Medicine.

J. Milo Sewards, MD - ACL Reconstruction & Repair

Temple orthopaedic surgeon J. Milo Sewards, MD, explains ACL reconstruction and how patients with knee injuries can benefit from the Temple Sports Medicine program.


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