Blake A. Nonweiler, M.D.
Bend, OR Knee Surgery
Dr. Blake Nonweiler, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is one of the foremost knee surgery specialists in Central Oregon area. From offices in Bend, Redmond, and Prineville, OR, Dr. Nonweiler serves the Central Oregon region, including the Oregon cities of Madras, La Pine, Burns and John Day.
Surgical intervention for knee pain is only recommended if other more conservative approaches, such as steroidal injections or NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) treatments cannot alleviate pain. When surgery is indicated, Dr. Nonweiler favors minimally invasive techniques for knee pain treatment, such as partial knee replacement and arthroscopic surgery.
Knee Anatomy and Function
The knee joint is made up of three main components: the femur
, the tibia
, and the patella
. The femur, or thighbone, connects with the tibia, or shinbone, to form the basis of the knee joint. The patella, or kneecap, covers and protects the knee joint itself.
Surrounding the knee joint are muscles, ligaments, and tendons that connect tissue to bone and provide strength and stability throughout the joint. The meniscus, a wedge of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber, is located in the middle of the joint.
Knee Pain Causes
All the components in the knee can be injured or damaged by the affects of arthritis
, also known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is the leading form of arthritis affecting the knee joint as well as a major contributor to knee pain. In cases where osteoarthritis affects only one side of the knee, Dr. Nonweiler utilizes knee arthroscopy
to target only the affected areas and not disturb healthy portion of the knee joint.
Ligament injuries typically affect athletes and other active individuals, and usually occur during quick stops, changes of direction, or landing from a jump. The anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate,
and medial collateral
ligaments all play key roles in providing strength and stability to the knee joint and are susceptible to injury during sporting events.
Kneecap Pain & Runner’s Knee
The patella, or kneecap, is particularly susceptible to injuries or ailments. Oftentimes, patellofemoral pain is referred to as “runner’s knee.” Patellar tendonitis
can develop in the tendon in the front of the knee, causing inflammation and making the tendon susceptible to tears. Chondromalacia patella
a softening of the cartilage under the kneecap, can also cause patellofemoral pain. The kneecap itself can also become dislocated on its own, or as a result of another injury or ailment, causing significant pain.
Dr. Nonweiler specializes in a range of orthopedic treatments of the knee joint, including arthroscopic surgery of the meniscus
and ligament tears
. His years of sports medicine treatment
allow him to get athletes back on the field as quickly as possible. Dr. Nonweiler has served as team physician for Salem, Oregon universities Willamette
Find out how to make an appointment at Dr. Nonweiler's offices in Bend, Redmond, and Prineville, OR.