Knee

BAY AREA ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS SPECIALISTS

Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon in Emeryville, CA

The knee joint is one of the most commonly injured joints in your body. While knee injuries are highly common among athletes, they are also injured at work and with normal wear and tear. Orthopaedic surgeon Warren J. Strudwick, Jr., M.D., at Bay Area Orthopaedic & Sports Specialists in Emeryville, California, uses the most innovative and effective treatments to help men and women living with knee pain. Trust Dr. Strudwick and his team to help you feel welcome and cared for through every stage of your treatment. Book your appointment today by calling our office now to get started.

Knee Q & A

What causes knee pain?

The knee is a complex joint comprised of many different parts, including bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons, all of which are susceptible to injury. The knee joint rests between the bones of your upper and lower leg and supports the motions of walking, jumping, running, and turning. It is the largest joint in the body. 

Problems with any of the components that make up the knee joint can lead to pain and discomfort. Some common causes of knee pain and disability include:


  • Meniscus tear
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Bursitis / Tendonitis
  • Instability or dislocation of knee cap
  • Fractures
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue disorders
  • Osteoarthritis and other degenerative tissue disorders such as cartilage damage (chodromalacia)


There are some other, less common causes of knee pain, including infection and metabolic problems. Dr. Strudwick determines the underlying cause of your pain to get you back on track to being active and pain-free again.

When should I see a doctor for knee pain?

You have most likely experienced some knee soreness or discomfort after a tough workout or a long day on your feet. So how do you know when there’s something more to your knee pain? These are some of the signs or symptoms that suggest it’s time to see Dr. Strudwick:


  • Pain
  • Weakness or instability
  • Feeling of your knee giving out
  • Noticeable swelling or stiffness
  • Obvious deformity of your knee joint
  • Inability to bear weight on your knee
  • Inability to fully straighten your knee


Because continued activity can aggravate an existing knee condition, you shouldn’t put off your orthopaedic consultation with Dr. Strudwick.

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Strudwick will determine the cause of your knee pain and creates a personalized treatment tailored to your needs. He offers treatments and procedures that include, but are not limited to:


  • Recommendation for a specifically designed physical therapy program
  • Use of orthobiologic products such as Viscosupplementation, PRP, and Stem Cells
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction: reconstructing a torn ACL; common in athletes
  • Partial lateral and medial meniscectomy or repair: removing or repairing a part of the C-shaped cartilages resting between femur and tibia.
  • Chondroplasty: removing or smoothing damaged knee cartilage, using methods allowing healthy cartilage to grow
  • Cartilage restoration: replacing damaged joint cartilage
  • Partial and total knee arthroplasty: replacing damaged bone and cartilage with durable man-made materials

 

Athletes are especially prone to knee injuries. As the team physician for the Oakland Raiders, Dr. Strudwick is well-equipped to help athletes of all ages protect against injuries and rebound quickly when they do occur.

Surgery is not always the best solution for knee pain, so call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Strudwick to learn more about the many innovative and conservative nonsurgical treatments available today.