Knee Injury - Carrollton, Flower Mound TX
Knee Injury Treatment - Carrollton & Flower Mound TX

If you have injured your knee or are suffering from a long term knee problem, visit Dr. Craig Goodhart in Carrollton and Flower Mound TX. Dr. Goodhart is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in Knee Injury Treatment, Knee Arthroscopy, Repair ACL Reconstruction, Total Knee Replacement, Knee Ligament Reconstruction and Sports Related Knee Injuries.

Knee Injuries

Dr Goodhart provides treatment for a wide range of knee Injuries which include:

Sudden (acute) knee injuries

According to the orthopedic surgeon, injuries are the most common cause of knee problems. An acute knee injury may be caused by a number of factors like - a direct blow to the knee, abnormal twisting, or falling on the knee. Pain, bruises and swelling are the most common symptoms which may develop immediately after the knee injury. Other symptoms can include numbness in the knee or lower leg and cold/tingly sensation around the injured knee area.

Acute Knee Injury Types & Their Treatment Options:

  • Meniscus Tear – Meniscus refers to the rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions the knee joint. The disc is responsible for keeping the knee steady by evenly distributing the weight of the body across the knee. A torn meniscus can hamper proper functioning of the knee thereby resulting in discomfort.
Treatment of Meniscus Tear: Depending on severity of condition, the knee surgeon may recommend Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), ROM, physical therapy, and arthroscopy for treatment of Meniscus Tear.
  • ACL Tear - An Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury refers to the over-stretching or tearing of the Anterior Cruciate ligament in the knee. The most common causes of ACL Tear are changing direction rapidly while walking/ running, slowing down when running, and landing incorrectly from a jump. Athletes who participate in skiing, basketball and football, are more susceptible to ACL injuries.
Treatment of ACL Tear: The treatment for ACL tear depends on severity of your condition and your lifestyle. If your condition is not so severe, knee doctors may advice non-surgical treatment options like physical therapy and medicines. Following proper physical therapy treatment procedure can help you regain full range of motion (ROM) and also help you gain strength to match the uninjured leg.
In conditions that are severe, orthopedic surgeons may recommend a knee surgery followed by physiotherapy and strengthening exercises.  
  • MCL injury – The orthopedic surgeon describes Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury as an injury to the ligament present in the inner part of the knee. MCL injury is usually caused by a direct blow to the knee. These types of knee injuries often occur in contact sports, such as football or soccer.

Treatment: In order to help patients regain full range of motion, bracing/casting is most commonly recommended by the knee doctor. The doctors will evaluate patient’s medical condition and severity of MCL injury, based on which non-surgical or surgical treatment options may be recommended.
  • Patellar Dislocation – Also termed as Kneecap Dislocation, Patellar dislocation is more common in 13 to 18 year-old girls. The injury occurs when the triangle-shaped bone covering the knee (patella) moves or slips out of its normal position, causing intense pain and swelling in the knee.

Treatment: According to the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, there are two types of treatment options available for Patellar Dislocation which are surgery and/or conservative treatment (rehabilitation and physical therapy).

  • Osteoarthritis – Also known as Wear and Tear Arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) is an orthopedic condition caused by aging joints, injury and obesity. The common symptoms include joint pain and stiffness.

Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis:  The common treatment options for the knee Osteoarthritis include NSAIDs, physical therapy and Knee Arthroplasty.

Overuse Knee Injuries

Overuse knee injuries occur due to repetitive activities or prolonged pressure on the knee. These activities may include stair climbing, bicycle riding, jogging etc. Pain and/or inflammation of the knee are the most common symptoms of an overuse knee injury. Some of the common Overuse knee injuries are:

  • Bursitis - Inflammation of the small sacs of fluid that lubricate the knee.
  • Tendinosis - Inflammation or small tears in the tendons.
  • Plica Syndrome - Thickening of the knee ligaments.
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome - Pain in the front of the knee.

To know more about knee injuries or to request an appointment with Dr. Goodhart, call at (972) 899 – 4679.