When things go wrong with the body, it is reassuring to know that there are many great people out there who can help. From illness to ailments and injuries to breaks, there are doctors who can assist with any type of problem. 

When it comes to issues with the knees, whether it be a break or a fracture or some unknown pain, there are specific doctors to turn to. Around the Green Bay region, there are many orthopedic knee doctor clinics with specialists at the ready to help get knees back on track and functioning to their full potential.  

So, just what does an orthopedic knee doctor offer? Take a look at some of the remedies and rehabilitation treatments that can happen in the hands of this type of doctor. 

Who do they treat?

These doctors can treat any type of issue that is affecting the knees. They work on babies, children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. They are specialized in identify issues surrounding the knees, including genetic conditions, muscle problems, bone diseases, or tears to the joints and ligaments. Knee problems they can treat include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Cruciate ligament tears
  • Sports injuries
  • Osgood Schlatter disease
  • Genetic issues
  • Torn cartilage
  • Sprains and strains
  • Breaks or fractures 

What type of surgeries do they offer?

Depending on what is wrong with the knees, a different type of surgery might be needed. Here is a brief outline of some of the surgeries these doctors perform: 

  • Arthroscopy - a visual camera used to diagnose and assess the issue
  • Fusion -  a process where bones are welded back together using a metal aid
  • Internal fixation - a procedure to hold the bones in place using metal rods and screws
  • Joint replacement - when the whole joint is replaced with an artificial joint, commonly done for arthritis patients
  • Soft tissue repair - mending the soft tissue when ligaments or tendons are torn

What patients should expect?

Naturally, seeing any doctor is a daunting process, especially when there is considerable pain. Generally, a visit to these specialized doctors will follow these steps:

  • A get-to-know-you time with questions to better understand the problem or condition
  • A look at genetic or family history to see if this runs in the family
  • A review of previous tests or referrals from other doctors
  • A physical examination to assess the affected area
  • If necessary, diagnostic blood tests or X-rays
  • An evaluation period and assessment 
  • A thorough discussion of the treatment options available 
  • Ongoing support and assistance throughout the decided treatment 

Seeking out an orthopedic knee doctor may be necessary for patients experiencing knee pain. Through assessment, the doctor can determine the appropriate course of action based on individual needs.

Questions?

Request a consultation with one of the knee specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.

OSI has outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.

OSI is a founding member of NOVO Health.