Asheville Knee Doctor
Specializing in injuries of the knee and lower leg
The largest joint in the body, your knee is a complex machine composed of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid, and surrounded by muscles and tendons. These components work together to keep the knee joint stable and moving freely. When any one of them is injured, the resulting pain, stiffness or lack of stability can interfere with everything from participation in sports to simply getting up from a chair and walking without pain.
The good news is that almost any knee injury or condition can be dramatically improved—or even completely resolved—with the help of an experienced knee specialist.
Dr. Matthew B. Massey, fellowship-trained foot, ankle & knee surgery specialist
Board certified orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Matthew B. Massey is our knee surgery specialist at Carolina Hand & Sports Medicine. He specializes in treating complex sports-related injuries as well as common conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and shin splints.
Dr. Massey understands that while pain relief is important, your ultimate goal is to return to the activities you love with full function and stability restored to your knee. He works with every patient to provide an accurate diagnosis and takes care to use the least invasive techniques possible while ensuring an effective treatment.
Sports-related knee injuries
The knee is the most common site for injury in young athletes, particularly for those involved in “cutting” sports, such as football, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Treating sports-related knee injuries is one of Dr. Massey’s specialties. His patients have included NFL, NBA and MLB professionals and collegiate athletes as well as active children and adults in Asheville. Common sports-related knee injuries and treatment options include:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears & Sprains
- Cartilage Lesions
- Collateral Ligament Injuries (MCL or LCL tears)
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
- Patella Fracture
- Tendon Tears: Patellar and Quadriceps Tendons
- Meniscus Tear: twisting and/or awkward knee flexion that causes damage to the fibro-cartilage pad that sits between the thigh bone and shin bone
- Dislocated kneecap: when a sudden change in direction puts your kneecap under stress or slips it to the outside of the knee
Overuse injuries and chronic knee pain
Running, hiking, cycling and tennis are excellent for keeping your body and mind healthy. Unfortunately, the repetitive motion in these activities can result in knee pain over time. In additional to finding effective treatment options to stop your pain, Dr. Massey will help you pinpoint the underlying cause so you can prevent injury in the future. Chronic knee injuries and treatment options include:
- Patellar Tendinitis (Jumper’s Knee)
- Patellofemoral pain syndrome (front of the knee pain)
- Bursitis: Pes Anserine (Knee Tendon) and Prepatellar (Kneecap)
- Shin Splints
- Stress Fractures
- Unstable Kneecap
Knee arthritis (osteoarthritis of the knee)
With knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and swelling. Dr. Massey has successfully treated hundreds of osteoarthritis patients in Asheville and Valdese, and will work with you to find effective solutions to help you feel, move and live better.