Specialized Treatment for ACL & Meniscus Tears in Louisville, KY
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and meniscus tears are two of the most common sports injuries among athletes of all types. Thankfully, residents of the Louisville, Kentucky, area can turn to J. Steve Smith, M.D., at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic for specialized sports medicine services from a true expert. Dr. Smith is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who completed his fellowship training at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, one of the most prestigious sports medicine fellowship programs in the nation.
Together with a team of physical therapists and sports rehabilitation specialists, Dr. Smith achieves optimal results for his patients while utilizing the latest advancements in care, from custom orthotics and sport-specific therapy regimens to minimally invasive procedures that reduce recovery time and post-operative discomfort. Whether your “sport” is basketball, tennis, the occasional jog around the neighborhood, or playing catch with your kids, you can be assured that your orthopedic health is in the most capable of hands with Dr. Smith.
Knee Surgery for ACL & Meniscus Tears
Surgery is the primary form of treatment for ACL tears. This injury occurs when the ACL—one of four key ligaments that stabilize the knee joint—is torn, often during sudden pivoting or jumping motions. Meniscus tears, on the other hand, can sometimes be rehabilitated with rest and conservative measures like physical therapy, but may require surgical treatment in more severe cases. A meniscus tear occurs when one of the C-shaped pieces of cartilage on either side of the knee is torn from a forceful twisting motion or sudden rotation.
Dr. Smith offers both conservative and surgical treatment options to athletes with ACL and meniscus tears. When surgery is the clinically appropriate treatment option, he leverages the latest techniques in ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair to achieve optimal results as safely as possible. In fact, Dr. Smith is a nationally renowned expert on the subject of arthroscopic surgery in the field of sports medicine. Arthroscopic surgery (arthroscopy) is a minimally invasive procedure that provides the surgeon with a detailed view of the knee joint through an arthroscope, a thin instrument with a small camera affixed to the end. Through this enhanced view, Dr. Smith can address many types of knee injuries while limiting incisions and disruption to healthy tissues.
Reserve an Appointment
If you would like to consult with Dr. Smith or any one of the skilled sports medicine physicians at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, you now have multiple ways to do so. You may visit us in person at one of our Louisville-area locations, or you can take advantage of our convenient orthopedic telehealth services. Telehealth allows patients to virtually consult with our sports medicine and orthopedic professionals from the comfort and safety of home by using a smart phone, tablet, or computer. We are also pleased to provide orthopedic urgent care to adolescent and adult patients with acute sports injuries, including knee injuries that impact the ACL and menisci. If you need prompt care for a sports injury, contact us to schedule a same- or next-day visit.