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At Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, our specialty-trained knee doctors are the experts in assessing, diagnosing, and treating knee injuries and conditions.
The knee is a complex hinge joint, connecting the upper leg (femur) to the bones of the lower leg (tibia and fibula) through a series of muscles, ligaments, and tendons posterior to the knee cap (or patella).
Due to its complex structure, as well as the constant stress this joint endures, knee pain can be the result of a wide range of injuries and conditions. Whether caused by a traumatic injury, such as a sports injury, dislocation, or ligamentous tear; an overuse injury, such as runner’s knee; or a condition that has developed over time, such as arthritis or osteoarthritis, knee pain should never be ignored or overlooked.
In some cases, and if not identified early on, conditions like knee osteoarthritis may progress and worsen, causing severe pain and, in extreme cases, necessitating knee surgery to relieve discomfort and restore mobility.
Similarly, tears to the ligaments of the knee—the meniscus, ACL, MCL, or PCL—often require reconstructive surgery to repair the damaged ligament. In many cases, these surgeries can be performed through minimally invasive techniques by a skilled surgeon to minimize damage to the surrounding structures.
It’s important to seek immediate treatment if you think you may be suffering from a knee injury or condition. Consult a knee specialist if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- A popping or snapping noise in the knee during activity
- The sensation of your knee “giving out” while walking, running, jumping, or turning
- Severe joint pain, whether in the knee, behind the knee, or within the kneecap
- Inability to bend or move the knee
- Inability to walk without pain
- Swelling localized to the knee joint or calf area
Our knee specialists at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists understand that knee pain can disrupt your lifestyle and make simple, everyday activities difficult. Our doctors are committed to developing customized treatment plans to accommodate your individual condition and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.
To consult with a knee doctor at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists, please request an appointment online or call (800) 762-1177.
Why choose Heartland Orthopedic Specialists?
With years of experience and advanced training devoted to the orthopedic care of the knee, our esteemed knee specialists at Heartland Orthopedic Specialists are unparalleled experts in accurately diagnosing and effectively treating knee injuries and conditions.
Our knee doctors, Dr. Paul Dale, Dr. Dennis Weigel, Dr. Eric Nelson, Dr. Emily Monroe, Dr. Aaron Balgaard, and Dr. James Nelson, have the knowledge, proficiency, and skill to accurately diagnose and effectively treat your knee injury or condition so you can get back to your active lifestyle quickly and safely.
To consult with a Heartland Orthopedic Specialists knee doctor, please request an appointment online or call (800) 762-1177.
WELCOME, JAMES H. NELSON, M.D. | Join us in welcoming our newest specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon, James H. Nelson, M.D. Dr. Nelson is available to see patients in Alexandria and Willmar.x