Your knees and hips are your largest joints. They support your body’s weight and work in close coordination to provide mobility and function. Hip and Knee problems can be uncomfortable, painful, and limiting to your lifestyle.
The knee is a vulnerable joint that bears a great deal of stress from everyday activities, such as lifting and kneeling, and from high-impact activities, such as jogging and aerobics. The knee is formed by the tibia, femur, and patella; it is essentially bones held together by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Each bone end is covered with a layer of cartilage that absorbs shock and protects the knee. There are 2 groups of muscles involved in the knee, the quadriceps and the hamstrings. Tendons are tough cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Ligaments are elastic bands of tissue that connect bone to bone. One function of knee ligaments is to provide stability and protect joints. Many knee problems are a result of the aging process and continual wear and stress on the knee joint. Common knee problems are sprained ligaments, arthritis, and tendonitis.
The hip is the region on each side of the pelvis. It is a ball-and-socket joint that allows motion and provides stability needed to bear body weight. The hip is one of the most stable joints in the body. However, excessive pressure put on the hip makes it susceptible to various forms of arthritis and bursitis.
Depending on the cause of your pain, the solution might be a set of exercises, pain relief medication, minor surgery, or some combination of these. But for many people, knee and hip problems become so unbearable that the best solution is to replace a worn-out knee or hip with a mechanical joint.
Bone & Joint Clinic specializes in treating patients who suffer from a variety of these Knee and Hip problems. Our doctors have differing specialties within the various problems that can occur in the Hip and Knee creating an expert for every issue. Let our team guide you to the best outcome for your individual situation.