Retired auto technician gets new knee, same-day service [caption id="attachment_723" align="alignright" width="163"] Retired mechanic Rodney Loveland found relief from his aching joints thanks to a partial knee replacement by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Yau at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. “I’m...

[caption id="attachment_1620" align="alignright" width="215"]Adam Levko, PT, DPT Adam Levko, PT, DPT[/caption]Many people that exercise regularly, or are returning to some form of exercise, begin to experience anterior knee pain. There are several reasons a person can experience pain in the front of the knee. Patella Femoral Syndrome (PFS) results from pain under the knee cap (patella) that is caused by tracking improperly on the long bone in the thigh (femur). Many studies and medical professionals suggest that this tracking issue is due to a relative weakness of the Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO), as compared to the Vastus Lateralis (VL). This relative weakness would result in the VL pulling the patella laterally, or toward the outside of the leg, while it tracks on the femur. The back of the patella has a ridge, like the hull of a boat, and is supposed to track directly in a groove (like a canal) on the femur. If the hull of the boat is continually being pulled over the edge of the canal, this will cause significant irritation, inflammation, and even damage to the cartilage that covers the bone over time.

“Just do it!” is Dennis Kimbrough’s advice to those considering knee replacement surgery. “The longer you wait, the longer you’ll hurt.”The 63-year-old Kimbrough had endured knee pain for decades after injuring his knee playing sandlot football in college. Although he...

[caption id="attachment_34" align="alignright" width="182" caption="Harold E. Cates, Jr. M.D."]Harold E. Cates, Jr. M.D.[/caption]Have you ever wanted to lose some weight? Perhaps your motivation to shed those extra pounds was an upcoming vacation, wedding or class reunion.Well, if you experience knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, now there is another great reason to lose that weight. Studies show that people can significantly decrease knee pain by losing as little as 10 pounds.Let me explain how this works. Our knees are designed to work perfectly under the proper conditions. If we start adding on extra weight, we increase the force we put on our knees which results in those joints literally wearing out. As that cartilage wears away our knee pain increases. Additionally, as our pain increases, our activity levels tend to decrease which can lead to more weight gain! This is a serious cycle that needs to be broken.