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The knee is the largest joint in the entire body. It bears the majority of your weight, which makes the bone susceptible to injury. Each year millions suffer severe knee pain. The orthopaedic specialists at the University of Chicago Medicine's Musculoskeletal Center offer comprehensive non-operative, arthroscopic and joint replacement care for patients with knee injuries and knee pain.
Every year, people experience sports injuries, arthritis, falls, vehicle collisions and more. UChicago Medicine orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists will partner with you to create a care plan to eliminate your knee pain and restore your mobility.
We encourage our patients to try self-care remedies — rest, ice, decreased activity and over-the- counter anti-inflammatory medications — before seeking medical treatment for minor knee pain after an injury. If your pain persists after these measures, or if the injury is severe, our knee specialists can evaluate the problem and offer the best treatment options for your condition. Common causes of knee pain include:
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
Problems affecting the kneecap (patella)
Tendonitis and bursitis
Many of our patients are up and walking within a day of surgery. We offer a multifaceted program for knee arthroplasty that includes minimally invasive surgery, specialized anesthetic techniques, multi-modal pain management and rapid-recovery physical therapy.
If you have disabling knee pain, the orthopaedic surgeons at UChicago Medicine can help. We perform the following procedures:
Minimally invasive surgery (arthroplasty) to reconstruct or replace the joints or bones in a diseased knee.
Partial knee replacement for patients with isolated disease in one area of the knee. Some patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis who require partial knee replacement may be candidates for a procedure that uses robotic-arm assisted technology. This approach helps achieve a more precise knee resurfacing that targets only the arthritic portion of the knee, preserving healthy tissue and bone. Learn more about partial knee resurfacing with robotic-arm assisted technology
Total knee replacement for patients with severe arthritis involving different parts of the knee. In some cases, knee replacements are performed with robotic-arm assisted technology. This approach allows for more precise alignment of the components as well as minimizing soft tissue trauma to the knee. Knee replacement helps patients restore their quality of life. Learn more about total knee replacement with robotic-arm assisted technology.
We provide innovative and effective solutions for individuals experiencing chronic knee pain or disability as a result of:
Failed joint replacements
Despite Allie Quigley's success on the court, she found that her knee pain was affecting the mental edge she needed to compete at her full potential. To address the discomfort, she followed several non-surgical approaches — icing, physical therapy and cortisone injections. “Mentally, having a knee issue makes you not as confident on the court,” Quigley said. “The discomfort is always on your mind.”Read about Allie's return to basketball
Karen Gamperl and her husband both needed new knees. Orthopadic surgeon Hue Luu, MD, recommended robotic-arm assisted total knee replacement. This innovative approach offers many benefits, including natural motion of the joint after recovery. "I can't tell it's not my real knee," Karen says. "It was a fantastic procedure for me." Seeing his wife's success, Michael has the same surgery two months later. And now that they can climb the stairs more easily, they've decided to stay in their split-level home.Read more of Karen's story
Katherine Krol’s right knee started hurting nine years ago, but she powered through the pain but sought some initial treatment but the pain returned and was soon intolerable. It was after a friend recommended Phil Nigro, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon, that she was ready to have knee replacement surgery to rid her of constant pain.Read more about Katherine's story