The knee joint is a complex joint, consisting of the thighbone, tibia, fibula and kneecap. The knee is kept stable with the anterior cruciate ligament, the posterior cruciate ligament, the medial collateral ligament and the lateral collateral ligament, as well as multiple tendons. The knee joint also has cartilage, which allows for the smooth bending and straightening of the joint. Various conditions can thus affect these structures of the knee and cause knee pain.
Knee pain can be caused by sporting injuries, tearing of the ligaments or tendons, sprain or straining of the knee, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, fractures and dislocations.
One of the most common procedures that may be recommended for the treatment of knee pain and stiffness is knee replacement surgery, however, Dr Ackermann also provides unicompartmental knee replacements when necessary and knee preservation treatments to enhance the longevity of the natural joint and relieve pain. Before surgery is recommended, Dr Ackermann will run various tests, including x-rays and MRI scans in order to properly assess the injury. As an orthopaedic surgeon with extensive expertise, he is able to manage peri-prosthetic fractures and revision knee replacement surgery if needed. Dr Ackermann also makes use of modern computer navigation technology to guide the positioning of components, making these replacements more reliable.