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Mufaddal Gombera, MD — Knee Specialist Treating Patients in Houston, Beaumont and Cypress

 
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As you go about your daily life, enjoying sports and other activities, you may give little thought to your knee. That is, until an injury or disease impacts this crucial joint.

The knee is a complex part of your body comprised of bones, cartilage and ligaments. To work properly, it requires these components, as well as the muscles that support them, to work seamlessly together. The knee allows us to perform everyday movements, from walking down the street to bending to pick something up. But it's also crucial to athletes who rely on it for an effective jump shot on the basketball court or a running play on the football field.

Whether you're an athlete, a sports enthusiast or someone who simply values the freedom to enjoy active hobbies, a knee injury can be a non-starter, preventing you from doing the things you love. That's why Mufaddal Gombera, MD and his team make it a primary goal to help patients in Houston, Beaumont and Cypress get back on their feet by providing comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine treatments to specifically target the root cause of any knee injury.

Normal Anatomy of the Knee Joint

The knee is actually one of the most complex joints in the human body, which is what makes it more prone to injury. It's made up of quite a few bodily structures that keep it moving and working, including:

  • Four bones
  • Two major tendons
  • Two ligaments
  • Four muscles
  • Two types of joint cartilage

When all these components work together properly, you have a well-functioning knee that provides stability when you move. Because the knee is essential to movement as well as crucial to a variety of sports and other activities, an injury to this joint is all the more frustrating.

When you come to a sports medicine or orthopedic specialist like Dr. Gombera, their goal is to figure out the root cause of your injury. The different facets that make up the knee joint mean that the issue causing your injury could be anything from a ligament tear to a broken bone.

Symptoms That Could Indicate a Knee Injury

Most athletes know right away that they've suffered a knee injury. If you're unable to engage in sports or activities without pain in your knee, it's a clear indication that something is wrong. However, other symptoms may be more subtle. Many ignore them, hoping they'll go away with time. Unfortunately, waiting can cause the knee issue to become aggravated or grow worse. That's why it's crucial to reach out to Dr. Gombera and his team as soon as you suspect a knee injury.

Some of the symptoms to look out for include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth to the touch or redness
  • Instability or weakness
  • Popping noises or a crunching sound
  • Inability to fully straighten the knee

Allow Dr. Gombera to Treat Your Knee Injury

Mufaddal Gombera, MD is not only a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, but he also specializes in the treatment of knee pain for athletes and those who enjoy an active lifestyle. He provides patients with a wide range of treatment options depending on the specific cause of their knee injury. First and foremost, he focuses on conservative treatment and non-invasive procedures, avoiding surgery whenever possible. Through the use of cutting-edge techniques, he provides top-notch care that sees patients returning to optimal mobility as quickly as possible.

We welcome patients throughout Houston, Beaumont and Cypress to make an appointment with Dr. Gombera. Simply fill out our online request form or call us at (713) 794-3457.

 

Normal Anatomy of the Knee Joint

The knee is made up of four bones. The femur or thighbone is the bone connecting the hip to the knee. The tibia or shinbone connects the knee to the ankle.

Conditions

ACL Tears

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the major ligaments of the knee that is located in the middle of the knee and runs from the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone).

Meniscus Tear

Meniscus tear is the commonest knee injury in athletes, especially those involved in contact sports. A suddenly bend or twist in your knee cause the meniscus to tear.

Multi-ligament Injuries

Ligaments are the fibrous tissue bands connecting the bones in the joint and stabilizing the joint. The knee has four major ligaments – the anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, lateral collateral ligament, and medial collateral ligament.

Patellofemoral Instability

The knee can be divided into three compartments: patellofemoral, medial and lateral compartment. The patellofemoral compartment is the compartment in the front of the knee between the knee cap and thigh bone.

Chondral Injuries

Articular or hyaline cartilage is the tissue lining the surface of the two bones in the knee joint. Cartilage helps the bones move smoothly against each other and can withstand the weight of the body during activities such as running and jumping.

Procedures

Arthroscopy of the Knee Joint

Knee Arthroscopy is a common surgical procedure performed using an arthroscope, a viewing instrument, to look into the knee joint to diagnose or treat a knee problem. It is a relatively safe procedure and a majority of the patient’s discharge from the hospital on the same day of surgery.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in the knee. It is a strong rope like structure located in the center of the knee running from the femur to the tibia. When this ligament tears unfortunately, it does not heal and often leads to the feeling of instability in the knee.

Meniscal Surgery

Meniscus tear is the commonest knee injury in athletes, especially those involved in contact sports. A suddenly bend or twist in your knee cause the meniscus to tear. This is a traumatic meniscus tear.

Advanced Cartilage Restoration

Articular Cartilage is the white tissue lining the end of bones where these bones connect to form joints. Cartilage acts as cushioning material and helps in smooth gliding of bones during movement. An injury to the joint may damage this cartilage which cannot repair on its own.

Revision ACL reconstruction

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the major ligaments of the knee that is located in the middle of the knee and runs from the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). When this ligament tears, it does not heal by itself and often leads to the feeling of instability in the knee.

ACL Reconstruction Hamstring Tendon

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction hamstring method is a surgical procedure that replaces the injured ACL with a hamstring tendon. Anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four major ligaments of the knee that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and helps stabilize your knee joint.

ACL Reconstruction with a Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone (BPTB) Graft

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament that provides stability to the knee joint. It is commonly injured during high-intensity sports.

Patellofemoral Stabilization

Medial patello-femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction is the most commonly used Patellofemoral stabilization procedure. Medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction is a surgical procedure indicated in patients with more severe patellar instability.

Stem Cells For Knee Pain

Stem cells are present in all of us acting like a repair system for the body. However, with increased age sometimes the optimum amounts of stem cells are not delivered to the injured area. The goal of stem cell therapy is to amplify the natural repair system of the patient’s body.

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