Injuries to the knee can make walking and even getting up and down from a seated position quite painful and difficult. Some injuries may make it difficult for you to participate in your favorite sports or recreational activities. Dr. David Rudman, a renowned orthopaedic surgeon, can help. As an expert in treating knee injuries and other sports injuries, he has treated professional athletes, weekend warriors, and everyone in between. If you have a knee injury and live in the Bergen County, New Jersey area, our superior care and expertise can help you get back to your normal, active lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more during a consultation.
Common Knee Injuries and Disorders
One of the most common injuries we see in our office is meniscal tears. Over the years, Dr. Rudman has performed countless surgical repairs of meniscal tears. The meniscus is a rubbery, half donut-shaped ring of tissue that supports your knee. Everyone has two meniscii, one on each side, and they help you transfer weight and stabilize your knee. If the meniscus tears, treatment may include removing a segment of it, although, depending on the severity of the tear, it may also be repairable. Dr. Rudman utilizes state-of-the-art techniques for meniscal repairs.
Dr. Rudman is also an expert in treating osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative, chronic problem resulting in the breakdown of cartilage. The condition can be addressed with both non-surgical and surgical methods, depending on the type, location, and extent of the degenerative process. There are many cartilage preserving and restorative techniques, such as viscosupplementation, PRP injections, steroid injections, micro fracture, and chondrocyte transplantation.
Other knee conditions include Osgood-Shlatter disease (also known as knobby knees), and runner’s or jumper’s knee. In the case of Osgood-Shlatter disorder, painful bumps develop on the bone, just under the knee. It is far more common in boys than girls, but in either case, it tends to appear in adolescence. Overzealous training can worsen it, as can being too heavy. Runner’s and jumper’s knee, on the other hand, is usually caused by repetitive stress. This is often seen in skiers, runners, cyclists and soccer players, and competitive jumpers in track and field.
Dr. Rudman also performs procedures such as reconstructing the medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) and tibial tubercle osteotomies - surgeries that are performed only after physical therapy and other treatment options have failed. These are common surgical procedures used to stabilize the patella and relieve anterior knee pain. They may be performed independently or together based on patient requirements.
Correcting Instability and ACL Repairs
Repairs for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are another commonly performed procedure. Repairs to the ACL typically involve replacing the entire ligament, usually with an autograft, which uses the patient's own tissue. In older patients who may be unable to tolerate an autograft, a donor ligament may be used instead. Dr. Rudman prefers to use the patient's own tissue if possible and graft choices include hamstring tendons, bone-patellar tendon-bone, and quad tendons. In some pediatric patients, the Iliotibial band (ITB) can be used.
Learn More about Treating Your Knee Injury
If you are dealing with any form of traumatic injury or chronic knee condition, trust your care to Dr. Rudman. He has the extensive experience and advanced surgical skills that can help you achieve the best outcome possible. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about returning to the active lifestyle you've been missing.