The knee, the largest joint in the body, is comprised of three main parts: the upper end of the shin bone ( tibia), the lower end of the thigh bone (femur), and the kneecap (patella). It is a very complex joint which must bear our weight for a lifetime. Unfortunately, it is also easily injured, and can cause pain and loss of mobility.
The good news is there is no reason to slow down your active lifestyle. Dr. Thomas is a board certified, orthopedic specialist who will give you the individualized care you need to get back on your feet. Many knee problems can be treated non-surgically, and Dr. Thomas offers a full range of non-surgical treatment options to restore your quality of life. If, however, surgery is necessary, Dr. Thomas is fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery, a minimally invasive technique to repair many of the problems associated with knees.
When to See a Doctor
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact our office for a consultation:
Pain that lasts for more than 48 hours, difficulty walking. This is a different kind of pain than normal muscle pain or achiness that occurs with certain activities then goes away quickly.
- Swelling – people who injure their knee may not have pain, but swelling, with or without pain, is a significant sign of injury that should not be ignored.
- Loss of motion – can’t bend or squat anymore, cannot fully bend or extend leg.
- Mechanical symptoms – locking or catching, buckling or giving out, cannot bear your own weight.
- Numbness, changes in sensation – anything that persists and does not improve.