Your knees are essential in most physical activities. Knee injuries and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis can be extremely painful and take a serious toll on your quality of life. Often non-surgical intervention can restore function and help you return to an active lifestyle. If non-operative treatment is not successful, you may be in need of knee surgery. Our Bergen County, New Jersey practice can help you. Dr. David Rudman has worked extensively with professional athletes, and has years of experience performing arthroscopic knee surgery to help patients with a range of needs to regain comfort and functionality following a knee injury. Dr. Rudman's reputation and proven record of success are a direct reflection of his passion for excellence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Diagnosing Knee Injuries
Knee injuries can range from simple pulled muscles to torn ligaments. They may be caused by repetitive stress, such as running or jumping, or by sudden traumatic injury during a sports competition. They can even occur during everyday activities, like walking up a set of stairs. Often, seniors cannot pinpoint when and where a knee injury occurred, but may wake up to find that it is difficult to extend or bend their leg. Patients will sometimes report a popping or clicking sound coming from their knee, or other odd sensations at the time of trauma. Swelling and pain are also strong indications that the knee has suffered an injury.
If you are experiencing symptoms like discomfort, redness, and swelling that suggest a knee injury, it is important to seek diagnosis by a medical professional. Serious damage can occur if you try to push past the pain, and depending on the extent of the damage, you may need surgery to correct the problem. Meniscal tears, knee instability, damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), osteoarthritis, and other knee issues can all require surgical intervention.
Common Surgical Procedures
Dr. Rudman routinely treats patients for ligament injuries, as well as rarer conditions of the knee. Procedures that are routinely performed at our practice include:
- Meniscus repair
- ACL surgery, Primary and revision
- Partial meniscectomy
- Preservation procedures, like cartilage restoration
- Patellar stabilization procedures
- Multi-ligament knee reconstructions
Dr. Rudman prefers to use arthroscopic techniques to repair knee injuries and reconstruct damaged ligaments during treatments such as ACL and meniscal tear surgeries. These minimally invasive procedures offer a number of important benefits, including minimized trauma to surrounding tissue, reduced post-operative discomfort, and a shorter recovery time.
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Dr. Rudman will never push for a surgical solution if there are other, less invasive ways to treat a patient’s medical issues. He also encourages patients to actively participate in their care, and feels strongly that informed patients have higher rates of success. Regardless of your unique condition, we will work closely with you to find a long-lasting solution to help you return to an active lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn how our services can restore damaged knees.