Knee & Leg
Pain, discomfort and instability in the can occur anywhere around the knee & leg, causing a significant impairment to your mobility and lifestyle. Whether you’re an athlete who has suddenly experience an ACL injury or a retiree who’s developed arthritis in the knees, there’s several causes for leg & knee pain. At DFP, we specialize in the treatment of leg & knee pain that interferes with your active lifestyle.
The knee is the largest joint in the body and is one of the easiest to injure. Most knee injuries involve pulled ligaments. The injuries you’ve probably heard most about involve the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), the MCL (medial collateral ligament) and occasionally, the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament). The ACL tears when an athlete changes direction quickly, slows down when running, or lands from a jump. MCL injuries occur when the knee sustains a direct blow to the outside. PCL injuries are caused by a blow to the front of the knee, or sometimes a simple misstep.
Torn cartilage usually means that the meniscus is damaged. This happens with rapid twisting, pivoting, deceleration, or direct impact.
If you are experiencing joint pain, hear a popping noise, have decreased mobility in your knee, or notice swelling around your knee, see our team of experts at DFP immediately.
The thigh has three sets of strong muscles and any of them can tear when stretched beyond their limit. Hamstring pulls or tears are most common around athletes. When you pull a hamstring, you experience pain immediately. You will also notice swelling, bruising and weakness in the muscle. One of our experts will typically use x-ray or MRIs to determine the extent of the damage, but non-surgical treatment is usually recommended.
Legs are also prone to fractures and there are many different kinds
A distal femur fracture occurs in the thighbone just above the knee joint. This type of fracture is typically caused by high-impact injuries such as vehicle accidents, or can occur in very old people due to weak bones.
The femur, the strongest and largest bone in your body, can also break. These breaks require quite a bit of force and typical causes are vehicle accidents or falls from a significant height.
A fracture of the upper tibia (shin bone) is called a proximal tibia fracture and could cause injury to both the bone and the soft tissues surrounding the knee. Of all the long bones in the body, the tibia is fractured the most. With children, growth plate fractures can occur in the tibia. These are places near the ends of the long bones that regulate and determine the length and shape of the bone when it is mature.
Diseases & Syndromes
Besides fractures and injuries, the physicians at DFP are also experts in diseases and syndromes. Some of these include:
- Arthritis of the Knee
- Bowed Legs
- Burning Thigh Pain
- Compartment Syndrome
- Discoid Meniscus
- Knee Tendon Bursitis
- Kneecap Bursitis
- Shin Splints
- Runner’s Knee
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Osteoonecrosis of the Knee
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact DFP and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City knee and leg specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with DFP and we will do what it takes to get you active again.