Knee pain and knee injury
Duke’s nationally renowned specialists treat all sources of knee pain, and conduct research to improve your care and outcomes. Our doctors have one overarching goal: to relieve your knee pain, correct your injury, and return you to your normal activities as soon as possible.
National leaders in knee pain and injury treatments
If knee pain, stiffness or instability makes walking a chore or prevents you from enjoying your favorite activities, our team of specialists can help. We offer the most advanced and proven treatments for all knee injuries, including knee arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis; meniscus tears; and ligament injuries, like anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.
When knee arthroscopy or knee replacement surgery is required, our surgeons consistently achieve a high degree of success. They perform more than 1,300 knee replacement surgeries each year, in addition to fixing surgeries done elsewhere that require revisions. Our knee specialists are committed to giving you the highest quality care with the best outcomes and the lowest risk of complications.
Choose Duke Orthopaedics for your knee care because we offer these advantages:
- In-house, knee-specific physical therapy. You’ll have the convenience of receiving physical therapy, injury treatment and follow-up at the same location. Many of our certified physical therapists specialize in treating knee injuries associated with specific sports.
- Doctor expertise. Our fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and doctors have undergone additional years of specialized training to be able to provide you the best possible care. Our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
- Gait analysis to pinpoint your needs. You will have access to the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory at Duke Sports Medicine, known as the “K-Lab,” which brings together surgeons, exercise physiologists, athletic trainers, physical therapists and biomechanical engineers to assess how you run, walk and move during sports and work activities. Our goal is to create a treatment and rehabilitation plan tailored specifically to your needs.
- Same-day surgery using regional nerve blocks. Many procedures can be done without general anesthesia in an outpatient facility, which is often safer and enhances recovery.
- Advanced knee replacement surgery technologies. Our joint replacement specialists are experienced in the most advanced techniques for knee replacement surgery. We evaluate the success of our procedures and prosthetics over time and fine-tune our techniques to ensure you have the most options and experience the best outcomes.
KNEE PAIN AND KNEE INJURY
To restore function and eliminate pain, our knee specialists provide the full complement of orthopaedic knee treatments including:
Many knee conditions resolve with bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, rest and physical therapy.
In addition to diagnosing knee pain, this minimally invasive approach uses small incisions and the aid of a tiny camera to treat knee conditions. Knee arthroscopy is commonly used to remove loose fragments of bone and cartilage in arthritic knees, repair or remove a torn portion of meniscus, or reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The small incisions mean you experience less pain and blood loss and a faster recovery.
Our surgeons use tendon grafts to reconstruct the ligament to support the knee and decrease the risk of future injury. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is vulnerable to tears during activities that require pivoting, sudden stops and starts, and changes in direction. Surgery is usually performed with a regional nerve block, which avoids the need for general anesthesia. As a result, you face fewer side effects and go home the same day.
If knee arthritis affects only one section of your knee, you may be eligible for partial knee replacement surgery, which resurfaces the worn part of the joint with a metal and plastic liner. As a result, more of your bone is preserved.
Knees damaged by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis due to a past injury are replaced with an artificial knee joint. Learn more about knee replacement surgery options.
We assess the need for physical therapy on an individual basis and create a therapy plan that’s customized to your needs, whether you’re preparing for ACL reconstruction or recovering from knee replacement surgery.
KNEE PAIN AND KNEE INJURY
In addition to X-rays, MRI and CT scans may be used to get a more complete look at soft tissue injuries affecting ligaments, cartilage and tendons.
A high-resolution camera produces a magnified view of the knee allowing doctors to correctly pinpoint the sources of knee pain and problems.