Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Pressing Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Questions

How do I know if my knee pain is serious?

There are many causes of knee pain. Some conditions are due to overuse and repetitive activities, which can be treated with rest, ice and non-prescription pain relievers.  You should see an orthopedic knee specialist if a knee injury causes severe swelling, weakness, giving-way, catching or locking. These symptoms require further evaluation so the best treatment can begin without delay.  In
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What are the signs and symptoms of an ACL tear?

The anterior cruciate ligament or ACL is the most common knee ligament injury that requires surgery. A significant injury always causes the ACL to tear. Most patients who experience an ACL tear describe their foot being planted on the ground while the body twists, resulting in a “pop” in the knee with a lot of swelling.  When you have an
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How long does an ACL injury take to heal?

A torn ACL does not heal on its own. Think of the ACL being like a braided rope. The ACL “unravels” similar to what happens to a cut or torn piece of rope. Unfortunately, the torn ACL does not grow back together. In order to restore full knee function, surgery is needed to repair or replace the ACL. After ACL
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Will a meniscus tear heal on its own?

A meniscus tear itself usually doesn’t heal on its own, except in young patients (<10 years old). However, some patients with small tears may not experience pain or physical limitations if treated with rest for 6 weeks. In most cases, meniscus tears are larger and cause pain, swelling, catching or locking. These larger tears generally require surgery to repair or
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What is chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia results from damage to the smooth, hard, white articular cartilage on the ends of bones. This cartilage damage can occur with wear and tear or overuse for many years or it can occur with an injury. Typical symptoms of chondromalacia include swelling, catching, grinding, giving way or locking. Initial treatment may include medications, injections and physical therapy. If the condition
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What is causing my kneecap to hurt?

Kneecap or patellar pain can occur for many reasons, including: • Instability — loose patella that jumps out of the groove • Chondromalacia — damage to the articular cartilage under the patella • Plica — strong band of tissue that catches under the patella • Mal-tracking — the patella does not glide straight as the knee bends • Mal-alignment —
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Am I eligible for an outpatient knee replacement?

Outpatient knee replacement surgery is now very common across the U.S. and right here in Richmond, VA. Many of the replacements are performed at Ambulatory Surgery Centers that don’t have overnight hospital beds. At G2 we perform these surgeries at St. Francis Medical Center, which gives us the option of keeping patients overnight if there is an issue. To be eligible
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What happens after knee replacement surgery?

After knee replacement surgery, you will awaken in the recovery room. After 1-2 hours, you will get up with support from a physical therapist while wearing a knee brace. You should be very comfortable because of the nerve block that is given to you by an anesthesiologist before the surgery. The nurse will review care instructions with the family member
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