Private soft tissue knee injury treatment and surgery in London

The knee is a multi-component complex joint that is prone to variety injuries. Sprains, ligament tears, fractures, and dislocations are some of the most frequent knee injuries.

Knee injuries can result in pain, swelling, and the sensation that your knee will give way (instability). Your bones are connected by bands of tissue called ligaments and these are often the first to sustain injuries. Additionally, the cartilage and tendons that surround your knee might be damaged.

Simple interventions like bracing and rehabilitation exercises can effectively repair a lot of knee problems. Other injuries can need surgery to heal. Our Consultants at Schoen Clinic London are experts in treating all aspects of knee injury and available for appointments in as little as 24 hours.

Understanding knee anatomy

The knee is the biggest and one of the most prone to injury of all the joints in the body. It is composed of four basic parts: tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones.

  • Bones. Your knee joint is formed by the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia). To offer some protection, the kneecap (patella) rests in front of the joint.
  • Articular cartilage. Articular cartilage covers the rear of the patella, the femur and tibia's ends, and the patella itself. As you bend or straighten your leg, this slick material aids in a smooth contact between your knee bones.
  • Meniscus. Between your femur and tibia, two wedge-shaped sections of meniscal cartilage serve as shock absorbers. The meniscus, which differs from articular cartilage in that it is strong and springy, aids in stabilising and cushioning the joint.
  • Ligaments. Ligaments join one bone to another bone. Your knee's four primary ligaments function as sturdy ropes to hold the bones together and maintain knee stability.
  • Tendons. Tendons join the muscles to the bones. The muscles on the front of the thigh are joined to the patella via the quadriceps tendon. On the other hand, the patellar tendon connects the patella to the tibia.

What are the most common knee injuries?

Soft tissue injuries (such as ligament and meniscus tears, sprains, and rips), fractures, and dislocations are the most frequent knee injuries. Numerous knee injuries affect several knee structures.

The most typical symptoms of knee damage are pain and swelling. The knee might also catch or lock. ACL tears, for example, might result in instability, which is the sensation that your knee is giving way.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to exceptional private healthcare at Schoen Clinic London, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call the team direct on +44 20 4571 6508 or email us today.

Types of soft tissue knee injury

Knee ligament injuries

In your knee, there are two sets of ligaments. The cruciate ligaments are located inside your knee, while the collateral ligaments run down either side of it.

  • Collateral ligament injuries

On the inside of your knee is your medial collateral ligament (MCL), and on the outside is your lateral collateral ligament (LCL). They restrict the amount of side-to-side motion your knee may make.

If you get a direct hit to the outside of your knee, stretching the inside side of your knee, you might sprain or tear your MCL. You could experience this when skiing, for instance. LCL injuries are less common, although they can occur if your lower leg is thrust inward. This expands your knee's outside.

  • Cruciate ligament injuries

Cruciate refers to a cross. Inside of your knee, your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) intersect. By limiting how much your knee moves back and forth, they aid in maintaining stability.

One of the most severe sorts of knee injuries is ACL damage. When you twist your knee, as when you land on your leg and then swiftly spin, they frequently occur. You could experience this when playing basketball or football, for instance.

If you fall on your knee when it is bent, your PCL might be harmed. When your knees collide with the dashboard during a car collision, that might also injure your PCL.

A doctor may grade your knee ligament injury to demonstrate how severe it is if one of your ligaments is injured. This will make it easier to determine the course of your care and how long it will take for your knee injury to heal.

  • Grade 1 - Ligament has been stretched but not torn
  • Grade 2 - Partial ligament tear
  • Grade 3 - A complete rip across the ligament

Other soft tissue knee injuries

You risk harming the cartilage and tendons as well as other soft tissues near your knee. Any tissue in your body that isn't bone is referred to as soft tissue.

Tendon injury

The tendons that connect your muscles to your knee may become damaged if you run frequently or engage in sports that require a lot of jumping. The tendon that joins your patella (kneecap) to your thigh muscle can become inflamed or torn. The quadriceps tendon is the name of this tendon. Alternatively, you risk irritating the patellar tendon (often known as the "jumper's knee"), which is located immediately below your kneecap.

Prepatellar bursitis

Prepatellar bursitis is most commonly referred to as housemaid's knee. It frequently results from pressure from prolonged forward bending of the knees. The fluid-filled bursa, which serves as a cushion or lubricant in front of your kneecap, may swell up. Additionally, a fall, a direct impact to the knee, or a bacterial infection can all result in prepatellar bursitis.

Cartilage injury

The tearing of the meniscus is one of the most frequent knee injuries (one of the wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that lie inside your knee). Playing a sport that requires twisting, like football or basketball, might result in this. However, it can also occur as you ski, play tennis, or run. Your menisci may get worn as you age, making them more susceptible to rupturing during routine everyday tasks. Additionally, the ends of your bones that are positioned inside the joint of your knee are covered by a distinct kind of cartilage. This articular cartilage is also susceptible to injury.

What causes knee injuries?

You might injure your knee if:

  • You engage in a sport like football where you must quickly change directions while sprinting, jumping, and stopping.
  • You bump your knee, causing it to move beyond its typical range of motion. This might occur if you fall or land awkwardly.
  • Your posterior cruciate ligament may be harmed if your knees touch the dashboard during a car collision.
  • You twist your knee, especially while playing sports like basketball or football.

Knee injury risk factors

You're more at risk of injuring your knee if:

  • When you exercise, you don't take safety measures like warming up before physical activity or cooling down afterward.
  • If you have knee osteoarthritis, due to the weakening of the muscles around your knee joint.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to exceptional private healthcare at Schoen Clinic London, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call the team direct on +44 20 4571 6508 or email us today.

Soft tissue knee injury symptoms

Due to the nature of the knee and the variety of injuries that could occur, different symptoms will usually indicate one of several potential injuries. That being said, if you have an infection within your knee, your knee may be painful, heated, and swollen. Additionally, you may also have a raised temperature. If you have these symptoms, visit your doctor right away.

You can see your GP or a physiotherapist if you hurt your knee and the pain is light, moderate, or if it started gradually. Visit the local A&E if you've injured your knee in an accident, if the pain is excruciating, or if your knee is noticeably swollen.

Symptoms of a knee ligament injury

  • Pain, often sudden and severe
  • During the injury, there was a loud pop or snap
  • Swelling within the first 24 hours following the injury
  • Difficulty weightbearing
  • Sensation of joint looseness or instability

Symptoms of meniscus injury

  • Pain in the knee joint: typically on the medial, lateral, or at the back of the knee
  • Swelling
  • Inability to fully extend (straighten) or bend the knee joint
  • A "locked" knee that prevents you from moving it normally
  • Limping on the injured side

Symptoms of a torn tendon in the knee

  • Swelling and inflammation in the joint
  • A tearing or "popping" sensation
  • Misplaced knee cap, usually higher up than it should be
  • Bruising or tenderness around the joint
  • Instability or knee giving way when walking

Symptoms of prepatellar bursitis

  • Rapid swelling to the front of the kneecap
  • Pain with activity, usually subsiding at night
  • Tender or warm to the touch
  • Infected bursitis can result in fluid retention, redness, fever, and chills

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to exceptional private healthcare at Schoen Clinic London, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call the team direct on +44 20 4571 6508 or email us today.

Diagnosing a knee injury

Our Schoen Clinic London  Consultants are experts in diagnosing and treating all aspects of knee conditions. During your appointment they will examine you and inquire about your symptoms. By gently pushing the area around your kneecap, they may check for fluid in your knee joint. Additionally, they'll ask you to describe the circumstances of the injury, how it occurred as well as the location and kind of pain you're experiencing.

During a physical examination of your knee, your expert knee Consultant might ask you to stand, sit, or lie down as they examine your knee ligaments and soft tissues. They'll move your leg into various places while bending and straightening your knee to determine the type of injury you're likely to have sustained.

Diagnostic imaging for knee injuries

You may need to get diagnostic imaging taken to determine the exact cause and location of the injury.

  • An X-ray or CT scan can be used to look for arthritis or a fractured bone
  • An MRI scan can assist in identifying damage to your knee's soft tissues or cartilage following an accident.

Other tests for diagnosing knee injuries

Knee arthroscopy  is a minimally invasive procedure often used for diagnosing conditions inside a joint. Using an arthroscope (a surgical instrument with a tiny camera on the end), your specialist can examine the inside of your knee. This can assist in demonstrating whether a meniscus, cartilage, or ligament has been damaged.

Your Consultant can also aspirate the knee joint of any fluid build up and blood or fluid tests can be carried out if necessary.

Knee injury treatment

Depending on what you've done to your knee and how severe the damage is, your specialist may recommend a different course of action.

At Schoen Clinic London, our Consultant knee injury specialists are leaders in the treatment of all knee problems, experts in knee injury prevention, and pioneers of cutting-edge care and rapid recovery. We will find the best knee injury treatment for you, no matter what the state of your knees may be.

We appreciate that the negative effects of knee injuries may have an impact on your quality of life. We provide a variety of knee injury treatments as a result in order to assist in returning your life to normal. During your visit, our knee specialists in our London knee clinic will evaluate which course of knee injury treatment may be best for you.

Some of the treatments we offer for knee injuries include:

Our knee experts in our London knee clinic are here to assist, whether you're recovering from a sporting injury or are just feeling discomfort due to wear and tear as you age. Our specialists will evaluate your treatment choices as subject-matter experts to give you the finest care available.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to exceptional private healthcare at Schoen Clinic London, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call the team direct on +44 20 4571 6508 or email us today.

Top soft tissue knee injury specialists in London

You can be confident you'll be in the best hands possible with some of the top knee consultants in the UK at Schoen Clinic London. No matter what your problem may be, our multidisciplinary team approach combines the knowledge of surgeons, physiotherapists, and nurses to provide you with the best outcome.

Start your treatment journey today. For fast access to exceptional private healthcare at Schoen Clinic London, you can use your health insurance or simply fund your own treatment. Call the team direct on +44 20 4571 6508 or email us today.

Our private knee specialists

No person found with the selected options

Our private hip & knee specialists

No person found with the selected options

Mr Ian Bacarese-Hamilton

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Trauma Surgeon

Hand & Wrist
Hip & Knee
Shoulder & Elbow