Knee pain is difficult to ignore, affecting every step you take. When knee pain and loss of function become severe, it’s time to consider different treatment options. Surgery becomes a consideration when medicines and other treatments no longer relieve pain.
Knee injury can result from damage to the cartilage, meniscus or soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons and ligaments) of the knee. When a knee stops working properly, patients often feel pain, but instability, giving way, and the sensation of the knee clicking, catching or locking can also be ways in which knee problems present.
It can sometimes be tricky to make a diagnosis based purely on your description of the problem and a thorough examination of your knee is mandatory so that the structures within your knee can be assessed. In addition to the exam, a set of x-rays and possibly an MRI scan may be required to confirm the diagnosis.
Dr. Maine and the QLRC team are experts in the management of knee conditions. Having recently been awarded an International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine fellowship in Patellofemoral surgery, Dr. Maine has had the opportunity to observe and discuss knee and patellofemoral surgery with leading surgeons from around the world.
At QLRC we usually attempt a period of non-operative management before suggesting surgery – unless there is a mechanical problem with your knee that cannot be fixed without an operation. We implement rehabilitation strategies pre-operatively, not only so that you have the chance to recover, but so that you can become familiar with the exercises that will assist in your recovery should surgery be required. If you do require surgery, we will do our utmost to ensure you recover the best possible function your knee is capable of achieving prior to discharging you back to your GP.