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Learn More About Your Knees

The knee joint contains three bones: the thigh bone (femur), shin bone (tibia) and the knee cap (patella). The knee also contains two types of soft tissue: ligaments, which connect the thigh and shinbones and keep the joints stable, and cartilage. Knee pain usually results from an injury that damages these soft tissues and can dramatically alter an individual's lifestyle.

Normal knee function requires a smooth articular cartilage surface, an intact meniscus, and stable connective ligaments.


Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction is surgery that replaces a torn ACL, which is one of the major ligaments in your knee. ACL injuries occur most often during sports that require sudden stops and changes in direction — such as basketball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball and gymnastics. Physical therapy may successfully treat an ACL injury if you are relatively inactive, participate in moderate exercise/activities or play sports that are less stressful on the knees.

Articular Cartilage

Your articular cartilage can be described as tissue that is smooth, white and designed to protect the ends of your bones and joints. The primary function of this cartilage is to allow your bones and joints to smoothly glide over each other with minimal resistance.

Meniscal Tears

A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries our physicians see in our center. Your meniscus is the cartilage in your knee that acts a cushion between your bone and joint. A tear or rupture such as this is generally caused by a sudden rough twist (movement) of the knee.

Patella Fracture

At the very front of your knee sits a very small bone. This bone is called the patella. When you experience a patella fracture, this tiny bone is broken. Your patella acts as the first line of defense for your knee joint, which can make it extremely vulnerable when this part of body is put through any sort of rough trauma such as car accident or direct fall onto it.

Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery can alleviate pain and restore function in severely areas of a diseased knee joint. Our highly-skilled orthopedic surgeons will help you determine if a knee replacement procedure is the right route of treatment for you.

Orthopedic Locations Near You

  1. CHRISTUS Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute

    8591 S. Broadway
    Tyler, Texas 75703

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  2. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Athens

    1505 Highway 19 South
    Athens, Texas 75751
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  3. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark - Canton

    18780 Interstate 20
    Canton, Texas 75103
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  4. CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances HealthPark - Lindale

    3203 South Main Street
    Lindale, Texas 75771
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  5. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Magnolia Medical Plaza - Palestine

    3201 South Loop 256
    Palestine, Texas 75801
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  6. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Jacksonville

    2026 South Jackson Street
    Jacksonville, Texas 75766
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Our Knee Team

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson, PA-C

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Jacob Chaney

Jacob Chaney, PA-C

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Michelle Cook

Michelle Cook, FNP-C

Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Tonja Deems

Tonja Deem, AG, ACNP, BC

Nurse Practitioner, Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery


Douglas Duncan, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. William Hobbs

William Hobbs, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson, DO

Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics

Dr. Stephen Littlejohn

Stephen Littlejohn, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine

Dr. Marc Matarazzo

Marc Matarazzo, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine

Dr. Roger McCown

Roger McCown, DO

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

John McCurdy, NP

John McCurdy, NP

Orthopedics, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Christopher Meltsakos

Christopher Meltsakos, MD

Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedics

Dr. Jayesh Patel

Jayesh Patel, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Accepting Virtual Visits
William Phillips

William Phillips, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Jamie Pierce-Hogue, PA-C

Jamie Pierce-Hogue, PA-C

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Physician Assistant

Dr. Joshua Stein

Joshua Stein, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Art Strahan

Arthur Strahan, MD

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery

Kyle Urbanek, NP-C

Kyle Urbanek, NP-C

Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery, Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Thomas Volatile

Thomas Volatile, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedics

Medical Director for the Joint Replacement Center

Charles Williams

Charles Williams, MD

Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery

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