Knee Specialist in Fort Mill, SC
Experts in Assessing, Diagnosing, and Treating Knee Injuries and Conditions
One of the most recognized knee specialists in Fort Mill, Dr. Glen Feltham at SpecOrtho, specializes in treating knee conditions and injuries with conservative treatments as well as surgical intervention. As an orthopedic surgeon Dr. Feltham excels in treating knee injuries, acute knee conditions and helping to prevent degenerative knee conditions. Dual Board certified in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, he is well known knee specialist for his expertise and individualized patient care. Using the most advanced minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgical techniques whenever possible, Dr. Feltham can help you get back to the pain-free quality of life you deserve. To learn more, call our office or request an appointment online.
What is the Knee?
The knee is a complex joint that bears a tremendous amount of weight — which is why it’s so prone to pain and injury requiring a knee specialist for treatment. It is made up of four bones being the femur, tibia, patella, and rides. The femur or thighbone is the bone that connects the hip to the knee. The tibia (also known as the shinbone) connects the knee to the ankle. The patella (or kneecap) is the small bone in front of the knee that rides on the knee joint as the knee bends. Finally, the fibula is a thinner and shorter bone running parallel to the tibia on its outside. The knee joint acts like a hinge but with some rotation.
How Knee Injuries Can Occur
Knee injuries often occur when the knee is in use, whether a person is at work, playing a sport, or using the knee in another way. But knee issues can also develop over time when a person isn’t even aware. The most common is the simple wear and tear that occurs when you use your knees in daily life over the years. This includes bending down to pick up an item, walking up the stairs, or exercising. Conditions, such as arthritis, can also bring about pain.
Because the knee is a weight-bearing joint, it means it not only undergoes stress due to use but also undergoes strain due to the weight that is put on it. One example to help understand this is to think of a person’s own body weight—if that person is obese, the knee joints will undergo more stress than a person who is of average weight. Therefore, an obese person is at a higher risk for knee issues.
What are Common Treatments for the Knee We Offer?
The leading knee surgeon in Fort Mill treats knee conditions depending on the cause and severity. There are a variety of nonsurgical treatments for knee issues, including physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and knee drainage. However, if medications or other treatment options aren’t working, Dr. Feltham may recommend knee surgery.
Surgery is commonly used to repair joints that have been damaged by traumatic injuries, such as sports injuries or car accident injuries. Many of these procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day.
Dr. Feltham performs many knee procedures, using minimally-invasive techniques when he can. Some of these surgeries include:
- ACL Reconstruction / Repair
- Revision ACL reconstruction,
- Joint Preservation
- Multi-ligament and Knee Dislocation
- PCL reconstruction
- LCL Repair
- Posterior Lateral Corner (PLC)
- MCL repair and reconstruction
- Medial patella-femoral ligament repair/reconstruction
- patellar and quadriceps tendon repair
- Meniscal repair
- Partial Meniscectomy
- Root repair
- Reshaping for discoid meniscus
- Articular cartilage restorative procedures:
- OATS (Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation Surgery)
- cadaver OATS
- autologous cell implantation (ACI)
- Matrix Assisted Cell Implantation (MACI)
- allograft tissue implantation
**Knee cap disorders (patello-femoral) are managed through a variety of techniques including an MPFL reconstruction, and distal realignment with a tibial tubercle osteotomy, often called a Fulkerson osteotomy.
Dr. Feltham is also an expert in modern therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and Ultrasound guided injections to promote healing and relieve pain in the knee joint.
If you are suffering from a knee condition and live near Fort Mill or Rock Hill, call (803) 548-6464 today to request an appointment with one of the best knee surgeons in the area, Dr. Glen T. Feltham. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online through our secure form.