You depend on healthy knees to keep you moving, whether for competitive sports or simply to walk through the grocery store. And there’s a lot to keep healthy in this complex joint—bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and the surrounding muscles all play a role. Knee problems have a variety of causes, from weak hip muscles leading to misalignment of the patella (kneecap) to a sharp blow that injures the ACL.
Orthopedic specialists at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center treat a wide range of conditions including:
- ACL tear
- IT band syndrome
- Meniscus injuries
- Patellofemoral injuries
We offer a wide spectrum of care options to restore mobility and reduce pain. Some conditions can be successfully treated with physical therapy, steroid injections or soft tissue injections. Severe damage may require more complex solutions, such as cartilage implantation, microfracture surgery or a partial (unicompartmental) or full knee replacement. For torn ligaments, surgeons offer the latest in ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair and quadriceps tendon repair.
Alta Bates Summit has achieved The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for Knee Joint Replacement, designating the medical center as a top performing site for this procedure.
In addition, orthopedic experts at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center look for alternative solutions to help people with musculoskeletal problems. For example, doctors are currently researching the effects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help heal various muscle and joint issues. Many pioneering surgeons at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center are experienced in PRP injections and offer stem cell injections if appropriate.