If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following conditions, call the office of Dr. Clint Morris at (830) 895-4466 for further evaluation. Arthritis: Knee arthritis refers to the breakdown of cartilage in the joint. Without enough cartilage, pain, swelling, stiffness, and instability can impact the patient. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of knee arthritis; this condition results from the cartilage wearing away over time, leaving bones to rub against each other painfully. Inflammatory arthritis, caused by the inflammation of the joint lining, may also affect the knee. Dislocations: Partial or complete knee dislocations occur when the femur and tibia are forced out of alignment or the patella slips out of place. This might occur from overuse or repetitive pressures on the knees from a car accident, falls or sports injuries. Ligament Injuries: There are four ligaments in the knee.
  1. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  2. Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  3. Lateral Collateral ligament (LCL)
  4. Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
The treatment for each ligament injury varies. That’s why it’s important to seek a surgeon who is board certified in both Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to discuss your pain and treatment options. Not all injuries or conditions require surgery. Let’s look at a MCL tear; this is one of the collateral ligaments, outside the knee joint and most heal without surgery, very similar to an ankle sprain. However, keep in mind that some cases do require surgical intervention and therefore should be evaluated by a qualified orthopedic specialist. Fractures: The patella is the most commonly fractured knee bone and acts as a shield to your knee. Fractures can be caused by both high-energy and low-energy trauma such as hitting your knee on the dashboard in a motor vehicle collisions, sports related injury or a fall. Four Most Common Knee Conditions Dr. Clint Morris understands the frustration of living with knee pain and the fear that accompanies it. Often, most put off calling to schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic surgeon because they think the only other option is surgery, since they have already gone through traditional treatments with their primary physician… Physical therapy, injections and/or prescription drugs. Dr. Morris encourages his patients to communicate their needs as detailed as they can, trusting that together, you and Dr. Morris will work as a team to come up with the best treatment option for your condition. As one of the top board certified Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine surgeons in the Texas Hill Country, you can rest assure that Dr. Morris is fully committed to addressing your knee pain and getting you back to doing the things you love. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Clint Morris or for more information about his services, please contact us here or contact us at our Kerrville location (830) 895-4466.