A well functioning knee is critical not only to participation in recreational activities and sports but also for the normal, simple daily actives like walking and going up stairs. Often, until this ability is impaired, many of us take for granted this function. Nearly all people have experienced knee pain at one point in their life. These symptoms will often resolve spontaneously however, sometimes further evaluation and treatment are necessary. Once Dr. Lenarz determines the cause of the pain (diagnosis) appropriate treatment will be discussed. Dr. Lenarz does not do knee replacements or complex ligamentous reconstruction of the knee but does do simpler procedures such an as knee arthroscopy, fracture care and tendon repairs (patellar and quadriceps tendon). If it is determined that a knee replacement or complex ligamentous reconstruction is necessary, an appropriate referral would be made to a trusted peer who Dr. Lenarz knows will serve the patient best with superior knowledge and surgical skill in this area.
Appropriate, non-operative management of knee injuries or conditions is always the first choice. This may include weight control, physical therapy, medications, corticosteroid injections or other therapeutic measures. Factors affecting the decision between operative and non-operative treatment include the type of injury or condition, previous treatments attempted and primarily the functional needs of the patient. The patient will be given all of the information necessary to make an informed decision in their care. Dr. Lenarz will take the time to ensure that the patient understands the risks and benefits of all treatment options, the expected timeline of recovery and will provide further references to ensure that the patient is well informed and comfortable with the decision.
When necessary most surgical interventions of the knee can be done with minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques.
Our primary goal is to compassionately treat the patient’s injury or condition, expediently returning them to their optimal function and aid them in achieving their goals; be it competing as a high level athlete, restoring gainful employment, or improving daily life by improving pain, range of motion or both.