Don’t let knee pain drag you down
Don’t let knee pain drag you down
Persistent or recurring knee pain is more than an inconvenience. When it keeps you from doing the things you love, it’s putting a hurt on your quality of life. For many, that means avoiding activities due to compromised mobility. The result is missed
opportunities, and the adverse health effects that arise with a decreased amount of exercise. It just doesn’t have to be that way, but finding the best path forward through treatment, non-operative procedures and, if needed, surgical repair or replacement means choosing the right team.
Dr. Michael Fleischman is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Southfield’s Straith Hospital for Special Surgery. As a Straith Orthopedics joint replacement specialist, he’s done thousands of knee procedures of all types since 2009. is combined expertise in sports medicine and joint replacement means your care is tailored to you specifically.
For those suffering from chronic knee pain, arthritis, damage as the result of an injury, the road to pain-free mobility begins with a simple consultation. “We almost always do an X-ray and we always do a thorough physical exam. We fully examine the knees, the joints around them, and the back, as well, making sure any knee pain isn’t coming from something else.” Dr. Fleischman said.
Questions that will come up during the consultation are designed to find the root of the problem and identify the best solution. What movements cause pain? How is it managed? What treatments have worked well in the past?
“By the time we’re done with that first meeting, we have a good understanding about what direction we need to go in,” the doctor said. Methods used to alleviate knee pain include non-operative treatments such as physical therapy, medications, specialized bracing and injections. Minimally invasive surgery is an option for some, and can diagnose or treat injuries to the knee ligaments, the meniscus or kneecap. The incisions are so small that the tip of a pen can fi t into them.
“If a patient is a candidate, we also specialize in partial knee replacements here, as well, and specifically robotic partial knee replacements, which means that they are even more precise than we were able to do before,” Dr. Fleischman said. “We know that the more precisely we put them in, the longer they’ll last.” Full surgical replacement is the last option for patients who won’t see their mobility improved and their pain relieved without it.
Dr. Fleischman also specializes in redoing knee replacements that were done
previously, but are no longer helping or are still causing pain. Regardless of the procedure, Straith Orthopedics patients, of course, have the support of the full medical team before, during and after. They know what to expect before they get
there, what they’ll experience during treatment or surgery and who they’ll
be working with as they recover.
Comfort is the goal, both physically and mentally. The doctor’s advice for those
experiencing knee pain as a result of work, sports or typical wear-and-tear:
“By getting these things taken care of, number one, it will make your recovery after surgery easier if you don’t let it go too far. It also improves the likelihood of surgery being successful,” Dr. Fleischman said. “When patients wait too long, it’s not that their surgery doesn’t go well. They’re going to have to work harder after surgery to rehabilitate from it.”
To schedule a consultation, call Straith Hospital at (248) 357-3360. For more information, visit www.straith.org. You can also read more about Dr. Fleischman’s minimally invasive procedures on our website
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