Sudden accidents, damage caused by wear and tear, and long-term conditions all play a role in injuries that affect the lower extremities. Whether these injuries affect the knees, ankles, or hips, anyone suffering from a lower extremity condition will have to cope with severe impediments to their everyday lives. But a healthy everyday life is possible through the innovative orthopedic treatments offered by board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven W. Meier and the team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
If you suffer from any of the following upper extremity conditions and even many more, answers and life-changing care are possible through our advanced treatments.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four major ligaments in the knee, and one of the most important for knee stability. When an injury is sustained to the ACL, the knee loses stability and will most likely require reconstructive surgery in order to be able to hold up during the stresses of athletic activity.
Each year, over six million people suffer a fractured, or broken, bone. Of those six million, about 300,000 people will need surgery to heal their bone fractures. If the surgery is not performed successfully and treatment fails, a fractured bone could become a crippling disability. With so much at stake, you don’t want an inexperienced surgeon performing your operation.
There are three things that can wear down cartilage: traumatic injury, overuse, and normal wear and tear with activity and age. There are a few different options for cartilage surgery depending on physician preference, type of injury, and rehabilition possibilities. These are autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI), microfracture surgery, and osteochondral autograft transfer system (OATS procedure).
Hip injuries cover a wide range of conditions, including Femoro-Acetabular Impingement (FAI), acetabular labral tears, loose bodies, cartilage damage, arthritis, hip capsule laxity and instability, and many more. Hip arthroscopy (also known as arthroscopic hip surgery) is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that includes smaller incisions, an accelerated course of rehab and, ultimately, a much speedier return to athletic activities.
People with severely damaged knees (either from injury or arthritis) might find it difficult to walk, run, or climb up stairs without significant pain. Sometimes, even the simplest of everyday activities are too painful. Knee joint replacement surgery, or knee arthroplasty, is basically a knee “resurfacing” where the interacting surfaces of the bones within the joint are replaced with synthetic materials during the operation.
A torn meniscus is a very common knee injury for athletes and non-athletes alike. Treatment not only depends on the severity of the injury, but its location. Minor to moderate injuries may be able to heal somewhat on their own. Serious tears will not be able to heal on their own, causing pain and discomfort and requiring surgical intervention.
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as age-related arthritis, is a condition in which joint cartilage becomes inflamed, and wears down over time. Osteoarthritis, which takes the form of arthritis in the joints, is the most common joint disorder, and several different forms of arthritis exist. Treatment is oriented toward alleviating pain and stiffness to improve a patient’s quality of life.
The orthopedic medicine team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine is dedicated to providing effective and advanced treatments for a wide variety of conditions that affect the lower extremities. Through the use of regenerative medicine and minimally invasive orthopedic surgery, patients can find effective and long-lasting care that eliminates serious conditions and their debilitating symptoms.
Find Treatment From An Expert Orthopedic Specialist Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury or condition affecting the lower extremities, do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Steven Meier and the experienced orthopedic team at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine. An in-depth evaluation and effective treatment provided as soon as possible can prevent life-altering complications and can return you to a healthy everyday life. Call us today at 310.777.7845 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.