How to fix a knee cap injury | The Stone Clinic

You are here

Knee cap injury

Patellofemoral joint pain is sometimes due to articular cartilage loss either on the patellar aspect or the femoral aspect of the knee joint.

Careful physical therapy with manual hands-on treatment, exercise programs, viscosupplementation by joint lubrication, glucosamine, weight loss, and strengthening programs are all extremely helpful in treating patellofemoral joint problems.

When surgical intervention is necessary, treatments fall into three major categories:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic clean-up of damaged articular cartilage is performed followed with a careful rehabilitation program.
  • Articular Cartilage Paste Graft

Articular cartilage repair is performed, usually by articular cartilage stem cell paste grafting in which we take articular cartilage and stem cells from the intercondylar notch of the femur, smash them into a paste, and impact it into the damaged area on the trochlear aspect of the patellofemoral joint.

Learn more about BioKnee

Patellofemoral partial knee replacement - robotic assisted

When there is more severe patellofemoral arthritis and loss of cartilage, we do an isolated patellofemoral joint replacement using a MAKO robot to precisely place a patellar button in a trochlear cap. This is an extremely successful outpatient procedure that has the potential to remove all of the pain and permit the patient to return to full sports.

Learn more about a robotic assisted partial knee replacement 

alternative to a knee replacement-avoid-a-knee-replacement-bioknee
We like to do everything possible to rebuild the knee joint with biologic tissues rather than artificial materials to help delay the time in which an artificial joint replacement is necessary.
MCL Injuries:  Why Kevin Durant Will Be Back
There are now phenomenally potent tools to drive healing to a full, faster than ever recovery. You just have to use them.
Patella Injury
Though knee cap problems are common, current solutions have serious limitations.
July 14th, 2015
In light of Wes Matthews and other NBA athletes suffering Achilles ruptures, Dr. Stone speaks to Mavs Moneyball, a...
July 11th, 2018
Dr. Stone gives the nation running tips on how to avoid pain while protecting your joints.
April 27th, 2016
Dr Stone talking about Steph Curry's injury and the Warrior's season.

Stone, K.R., A.W. Walgenbach, A. Freyer, T.J. Turek, and D.P. Speer. 2006.

Stone, K.R., Pelsis J.R., Adelson W.S., Walgenbach, A.W. 2010.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets.