Knee Conditions Info
Why Dr. Jason Hurbanek?
Dr. Hurbanek is one of the nation’s top sports medicine and joint replacement surgeons in the area, providing superior knowledge and expertise in the area of knee conditions and treatments.
Dr. Jason Hurbanek treats a variety of knee conditions such as:
- Cartilage Injuries
- Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis)
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury
- Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury (LCL Injury)
- Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
- Meniscus Tear
- Quadricep/Patella Tendon Rupture
How Do I Know If Joint Replacement Is Right For Me?
When joint pain is severe and interferes with daily activities and work, joint replacement may be an option. The pain you experience from arthritis and joint degeneration can:
- Be constant or it can come and go
- Occur when you are moving or motionless for some time
- Be located in one spot or in many parts of your body
Knee pain and the stiffness of joint degeneration may be worse during certain times of the day, or after certain activities such as:
- Climbing stairs
- Getting in and out of a chair
Individuals with arthritis may even feel uncomfortable or have pain while resting or sitting in a chair or lying down. They may be uncomfortable at night, and the pain may wake them up.
The pain of joint degeneration can limit many everyday activities, such as:
- Going up and down stairs
- Getting in and out of a car
- Getting dressed
- Sexual activities
Joint degeneration can eventually make it extremely difficult for individuals to work and enjoy themselves. It also can make it difficult for individuals to care for themselves.
How does the knee work?
The knee joint functions like a hinge at the junction of two bones, the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin.) The ends of the bones are covered with a thick cushion of hard, white cartilage. You are given only one coating of this cartilage in your lifetime. If it is damaged or worn away, the underlying bones rub together, producing knee pain and inflammation typical of arthritis.