A surgeon with advanced training in arthroscopic knee surgery, Houston surgeon K. Mathew Warnock, M.D., has treated many patients dealing with knee injuries.He specializes in the arthroscopic treatment of ACL tears, meniscal tears, and other injuries of the knee. He has the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to successfully treat your knee.
Step one is to accurately diagnose the problem. Whether you have suffered an injury or you are dealing with the effects of a degenerative condition, Dr. Warnock will diagnose the problem and prescribe a treatment plan for you. Dr. Warnock will review your medical history, perform a physical examination, and order diagnostic tests such as x-rays. He will help provide the care you need to treat your knee pain.
Dr. Warnock treats a wide range of knee problems, including:
ACL tears are a common injury in athletes of all ages, especially basketball players, soccer players and football players. Rapid changes in direction, sudden deceleration when running, and awkward landings after jumps are all typical causes of an ACL tear. ACL tears in young people typically require surgery. ACL reconstructions are performed arthroscopically as a day surgery procedure. Dr. Warnock specializes in ACL reconstruction surgery and is board certified as an orthopedic sports medicine specialist. He has advanced training in arthroscopic ACL reconstructions.
The meniscus is the knee's shock absorber. This tough, rubbery cartilage can be torn during sports or at work with knee motions like bending, twisting, decelerating, cutting, pivoting, or falling. Meniscal tears typically do not heal themselves. If meniscal symptoms of pain persist after the injury, an MRI is often performed to confirm the diagnosis. All meniscal tears do not require surgery. Painful meniscal tears that affect your knee function are often treated with knee surgery. Meniscal tears in young individuals can sometimes be repaired. Older individuals with meniscal tears are typically treated by removing the area of torn meniscus. Dr. Warnock has a tremendous amount of experience treating meniscal tears and is a skilled arthroscopic surgeon.
These injuries usually follow direct blows to the outside of the knee. They are more common in contact sports like football or soccer. Most MCL injuries are treated with a brace and physical therapy. When surgery is needed, an experienced orthopedic sports medicine specialist can provide the highest level of care.
A PCL tear can be caused by a blow to the front of the knee. This injury commonly occurs while playing sports or as the result of a motor vehicle accident. The mechanism of injury is typically a blow to the front of the knee while in a flexed position. Most PCL tears can be treated successfully without knee surgery.
When to Contact a Surgeon
If you have been injured or are suffering with knee pain, call and schedule an appointment today.
Serious knee injuries can have symptoms that include:
- Popping or clicking
- a feeling of the knee giving way
- Catching or locking
- Severe pain with activity
- Difficulty moving the knee
- Swelling of the knee
Consult a physician if you have any of these symptoms.
Rehabilitation exercises can successfully treat most knee injuries. The most common treatment method is referred to as R.I.C.E., which is short for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Initially after the injury, control the swelling with ice and keep the leg elevated. When the pain is severe crutches may be needed. If the pain persists, seek the expertise of an orthopedic sports medicine specialist. Dr Warnock is an experienced sports medicine specialist and he provides outstanding care to athletes of all ages.
In some cases, only a qualified orthopedic knee specialist will give you the results you need from knee surgery. Houston specialist, Dr. Warnock specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the knee, which allows for a faster recovery with less pain. Call for an appointment today!