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At Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists, our specialty-trained knee doctors in Wichita and Arkansas City are experts in providing evaluation and treatment for knee injuries and conditions.
Knee doctors are medical experts who treat individuals coping with knee pain due to a range of knee conditions. Some knee specialists work in orthopaedic practices and hospitals, while others may work or consult at spine centers, sports medicine clinics, pain management centers, or other healthcare practices.
These knee specialists treat a wide variety of injuries and conditions, from a person with a disease that causes orthopaedic pain, like arthritis, to a person who has suffered a knee injury, like an ACL tear. Knee specialists as well as sports medicine doctors also frequently treat sports-related injuries in athletes, such as ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries or meniscus tears.
When it comes to treating athletes with knee pain, orthopaedic specialists, like knee doctors and sports medicine doctors, have several goals, including treating the sports medicine injury so it heals properly, offering recovery and rehabilitation strategies to help the patient regain strength, and finally, offering whatever other care is necessary to make it possible for the athlete to return to his or her sport.
Sometimes, knee injuries, including those that are sports-related, require surgery, such as knee replacement, ACL reconstruction, partial knee replacement, knee arthroplasty, or another surgical procedure. However, other times, knee pain and conditions can be treated using nonsurgical options, like medications, exercises, physical therapy, or a combination of these approaches.
It’s also good to be aware that knee issues can sometimes impact other parts of the body, such as the hip. Additionally, both the knee and hip are weight-bearing joints, which means a considerable amount of stress is often placed on them. If a person has arthritis in their knees or hips, it can cause significant pain, which only increases when the joints bear weight, such as when a person walks. A surgeon can perform surgery, such as knee replacement or hip replacement, and it can often be an excellent solution for relieving pain in these situations.
Knee Symptoms of Concern
These experiences and symptoms can be related to knee problems and may be familiar to you:
- Difficulty bending or straightening the knee
- Difficulty walking
- Hip pain along with knee pain
- Knee that locks up
- Pain in the kneecap
Common Knee Conditions & Injuries
A knee doctor or surgeon may diagnose you with one of the following knee injuries or conditions:
- ACL injury
- Ligament injuries
- Meniscus tear
- Osgood-Schlatter disease
- Sports injury (meniscus and ACL tears are common examples)
Exceptional Knee Care at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists
When you visit Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists in Wichita or Arkansas City, you’ll meet with one of our board-certified and fellowship-trained knee doctors, Dr. Bradley Bruner, Dr. Phillip Hagan, Dr. James Joseph, or Dr. Damion Walker. These specialty-trained orthopaedic experts treat patients just like you, helping restore them to better health and an improved quality of life. They not only provide medical care and patient education, but they also have a deep understanding of the challenges patients with knee issues face and know how to listen to and address your questions and concerns.
It’s important to know that our doctors and surgeons always strive to recommend a nonsurgical treatment option first. Through their diagnostic process, they will be able to determine if a nonoperative treatment plan, such as physical therapy or medication, will be the best approach.
However, if surgery is needed, our knee surgeons will apply their advanced skills to perform the surgery, using our state-of-the-art technology. Whether you’re undergoing a knee surgery, like knee replacement, or a different surgery, they’ll be with you every step of the way, from your first consultation at our office, during your surgical procedure, and through your recovery and rehabilitation.
Our doctors in Wichita and Arkansas City can assess and diagnose your condition and consult with you about what treatment approach may be best for you. Sometimes, our knee doctors may consult with other doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists about your knee problem. This opportunity for experts to share knowledge and perspective is just one of the many benefits of being treated by the doctors at Kansas Joint & Spine Specialists.