If you’re dealing with knee pain, stiffness, or instability, it is imperative that you receive the highest level of orthopedic care. Finding an experienced and trustworthy knee specialist who can help you address your unique needs is essential for effective treatment.

Our knee doctors at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine are recognized experts in providing evaluation and treatment for knee injuries and conditions. Book an appointment at our practices in Granville or Coshocton, OH today!

How a Knee Specialist Can Help

Knee doctors are medical experts who specialize in all things knee-related. Whether you’re an athlete or not, these professionals have the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat a wide range of knee problems.

Athletes, in particular, are at a higher risk for knee injuries, which is why many knee doctors work closely with them and their teams. While preventative care can cut down on the chances of developing a knee condition, some high-impact or contact sports make avoiding injuries a challenge.

Knee doctors are experienced in treating various injuries common among athletes, such as ligament tears (like the ACL, MCL, or PCL), kneecap fractures, and meniscus tears. Leave your knee troubles to the experts and get back on the path to recovery.

When to See a Knee Specialist

Being aware of certain symptoms is crucial. If a knee issue can be diagnosed and treated early on, it could help you from experiencing further knee damage and pain in the future. Sharing this information with your doctor allows them to provide you with the best knee care.

If any of the following symptoms sound familiar, you may have damaged your knee joint or the surrounding tissues:

  • The knee is unable to support your weight and buckles when you attempt to use it

  • Knee locks up

  • The knee looks misshapen or deformed

  • Knee pain or swelling that gets worse after an injury

  • Popping sound at the time of the knee injury

  • Range of motion decreases over time

  • Tingling or numbness in the lower leg

  • Unable to bend or straighten the knee without pain

What Conditions Does a Knee Specialist Treat?

The knee is a complex joint made up of four bones, ligaments, and tendons. This creates the potential for many of these structures to get injured. The following are some of the conditions that our orthopedic knee specialists treat.

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears

  • Arthritis

  • Distal femur fractures

  • Kneecap dislocation

  • Meniscus tears

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Patella fractures (broken kneecap)

  • Patella tendonitis (jumper’s knee)

  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) trauma

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

What Knee Treatments We Offer

Our team of orthopedic surgeons can provide several different types of knee surgeries and non-surgical treatments. You will find a list of some of the knee treatments available at our offices.

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive joint surgery that allows your orthopedic surgeon to see inside a joint while only making a small incision. Our knee specialists can perform various arthroscopic knee repairs, including meniscus repair or resection and ligament repairs.

ACL Repair

ACL repair or reconstruction is most commonly performed as an arthroscopic procedure. The procedure is used to repair a torn ACL. The procedure restores stability and function to the knee.

Our orthopedic surgeons use a graft from either your hamstring or patella tendon to give strength to the newly repaired ligament. They will then reattach it to the bones with small surgical screws.

Knee Replacement (Arthroplasty)

We offer various knee replacement procedures, including partial knee replacement, total knee replacement, and revision knee replacement.

During total knee replacement surgery, our surgeon begins by removing the damaged bone and cartilage from your knee. Then metal and plastic components will be inserted in place of the damaged parts. The replacement parts work similarly to a healthy knee so that you can get back to your regular activities.

A partial knee replacement may be recommended if arthritis or injury has only damaged one compartment (or side) of your knee joint. During this procedure, your knee specialist will remove and replace just the damaged tissue. At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, we use the Oxford implant, which potentially lasts longer than traditional components.

A revision knee replacement is used in cases where the original knee replacement fails or wears out. The faulty prosthetics are removed by the surgeon along with any damaged tissue. Then the new replacement parts are placed in position.

Unicondylar Knee Resurfacing

Unicondylar knee resurfacing is a procedure that focuses on only one component of the knee. This procedure is an alternative to total knee replacement, where just one area of the knee needs treatment.



Keeping You Active at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine

Finding a doctor who can expertly diagnose and treat your knee pain is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your care. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, Edward L. Westerheide, M.D., Brad L. Bernacki, M.D., and Alex Tancevski, M.D., are specialty-trained in diagnosing and treating a variety of knee injuries and conditions. Our doctors always strive to find a conservative treatment for you first before recommending surgery. 

If knee surgery is the best option, our surgeons have extensive experience in performing surgical knee procedures, such as knee replacement, partial knee replacement, ACL reconstruction, and knee arthroscopy. 

Dr. Westerheide is also trained to perform customized knee replacements through ConforMIS. Our surgeons are dedicated to providing compassionate, expert orthopedic care to get you moving and keep you active.

Taking a team approach, our knee surgeons work closely with our specialty-trained physical therapy team. Our physical therapists provide expert rehabilitation services and will tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs in order to restore function and get you back to the life you love.

Our knee specialists also understand that some injuries occur when least expected, which is why we are proud to offer our Orthopedic Urgent Care to treat patients who are suffering from acute orthopedic injuries and conditions. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.

To schedule an appointment with one of our knee surgeons at our office in Granville or Coshocton, Ohio, please request an appointment online or call (740) 788-9220.

Medically reviewed by Alex Tancevski, M.D.