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As most athletes know, knees can take a lot of abuse during sports—sometimes to the point of frustration. But whether it’s nagging knee pain from years of jogging or a sudden ACL tear sustained during a football game, Henry Ford Health System’s team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine doctors is dedicated to providing world-class care and treatment designed to get you back on the field, court, slopes, or dance floor as soon and as safely as possible.
Knee pain that comes on slowly, or as a result of activity that's more strenuous than usual, can be managed at home. Consult with your doctor for appropriate treatment.
Make an appointment with your doctor if you've had minor knee pain for some time and if the pain worsens to the point that it interferes with your usual activities or sleep.
See a doctor immediately if your knee pain was caused by a particularly forceful impact or if it's accompanied by:
Every year, thousands of professional and amateur athletes throughout southeast Michigan choose Henry Ford for knee treatment. Why? For starters, our experienced team of orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers is consistently trained to perform the most advanced therapies and procedures, including TK, TK, and TK.
When you arrive at Henry Ford for knee treatment, you’ll be evaluated by one of our highly qualified knee specialists who will determine the severity of your injury and the next steps to get you back in the game.
With primary care sports medicine physicians, sports medicine orthopedic surgeons, and a wide range of physicians whose sub-specialties include TK, TK, and TK, Henry Ford is a leader in providing comprehensive treatment plans to help your knee injury heal quickly and safely, from your initial diagnosis to recovery.
After a Henry Ford knee specialist evaluates the severity of your injury, members of our sports medicine team will typically recommend treatment in one of two categories: Non-surgical or surgical.
R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation): When a knee injury first occurs, patients should rest the affected area to prevent further injury from occurring; ice it to reduce pain; compress it to reduce swelling; and elevate the injured knee above the heart to also reduce pain, swelling, and recovery time.
Physical Therapy: Many knee injuries can be treated with physical therapy, either on its own or in conjunction with surgery. For recovering patients, the Henry Ford rehabilitation team takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining exercise and strength training with manual therapy at more than 20 outpatient facilities in the southeast Michigan area.
Anti-inflammatory medication: Over-the-counter drugs such as Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve can often help reduce knee pain from minor sprains and aid in initial recovery.
Knee Arthroscopy: A knee arthroscopy is typically used to diagnose and treat knee injuries like a torn meniscus, torn ACL, or dislocated knee. During the procedure, a surgeon inserts a small camera (arthroscope) in your knee joint to evaluate the inner structures of the knee.
ACL Reconstruction: An ACL reconstruction is necessary when the ACL tears completely. During the procedure, a surgeon will remove the torn ACL from your knee and replace it with new tissue either from your own body or a deceased donor’s.
Microfracture Surgery: During knee microfracture surgery, a surgeon makes a series of small holes (microfractures) in the bone near damaged cartilage. This is often used to repair damaged knee cartilage or to potentially avoid knee replacement surgery.