Dr. Elan Golan
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Knee Injury

Orthopedic Treatments for Complex Knee Injuries

 Dr. Golan accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. For specific insurance plan inquiries, please contact the office.

With his extensive expertise in knee injury, knee reconstruction, and revision knee surgery, Dr. Golan is the specialist of choice for both amateur and professional athletes seeking a fast but safe recovery.


More than half of sports injuries today involve the knees. If you experience serious knee pain — commonly the first warning sign of a potentially serious knee injury — Elan Golan, MD, is here to help with three convenient Gwinnett County locations. With his extensive expertise in knee injury, knee arthroscopy, and revision knee surgery, he’s the specialist of choice for both amateur and professional athletes seeking a fast but safe recovery. Call the office, or book your consultation using the online scheduler now.

Knee Pain Q & A

What causes knee pain in athletes?

Because your knee is a very complex joint, knee pain is one of the most common issues that athletes face today. Many different sports injuries can cause knee pain, including: 

  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendon or muscle strains
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Fractures
  • Knee dislocation
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
  • Collateral ligament injury
  • Torn meniscus

These sports injuries can happen in a number of ways but are particularly common in athletes who regularly make cutting, twisting, or sprinting movements. 

What are the symptoms of a knee injury?

Knee pain, which may be on-and-off or constant, is usually the first sign of a knee injury. Your knee discomfort may range from mild tenderness to extreme pain. Some other signs of a knee injury include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Popping sensation or sound
  • Locking when you try to move your knee
  • Difficulty bending your knee
  • Difficulty bearing weight on your knee

If you have knee pain or other injury symptoms, stop your activity right away and see Dr. Golan for an assessment. Trying to play on an injured knee has an extremely high risk of worsening your injury and prolonging your recovery.

How is knee pain treated?

Dr. Golan conducts a comprehensive knee assessment to determine the cause of your knee pain. He prescribes a treatment plan focused on pain relief and returning to an active life. 

Treatment normally starts with nonoperative measures to minimize pain and stimulate healing. During this healing period, you must modify your activities and participate in physical therapy for maximum results. 

Should non-surgical care not work for your knee pain, Dr. Golan can perform minimally invasive surgery to restore your knee. He specializes in advanced knee reconstruction techniques, including multi-ligament knee injuries, ACL injuries, quadriceps-based ACL graft, and revision ACL procedures. 

Dr. Golan is one of only a few Atlanta-area surgeons to offer membrane-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation (MACI), which uses cartilage from your own knee to help you grow new cartilage.

In many cases, Dr. Golan performs arthroscopic knee surgery, a procedure requiring very small incisions. Arthroscopy minimizes muscle damage, infection risk, bleeding, scarring, and pain while allowing for a much quicker recovery than traditional large-incision surgery. 

After knee surgery, Dr. Golan prescribes a customized recovery plan that's tailored for your particular sport. This ensures that you achieve the most rapid return to your sport without risking your long-term knee health. 

Knee pain isn't just inconvenient for an athlete. Untreated, it can become disabling. Elan Golan, MD, can help you get back to normal and stop your pain, so book your appointment online or call the office now. 

How are Cartilage Injuries Treated?

At ATL Sports medicine, several treatments and therapies are available, including nonsurgical and surgical options. The choice of treatment depends on several factors, including age and overall health, physical activity level, desired post-treatment activities, and the type and severity of the articular cartilage injury.

Osteochondral Defect OCD:

Osteochondral Defect (OCD) is a common injury of the knee that can happen with any amount of wear and tear over time. This type of injury is a very specific tear in the cartilage that can happen under extreme impact or twisting of the knee joint.  If you are experiencing pain with weight bearing or have a locking sensation in your knee with swelling or decreased range of motion you may have OCD.

Knee osteochondral defect specialist, Dr. Golan provides diagnosis and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients who are experiencing symptoms associated with knee osteochondral defects or articular cartilage damage. Contact Dr. Golan’s team at ATL Sports Medicine today!

Osteocondritis Desiccant:

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OD) is a bone and cartilage condition that most often occurs in the knee, in children and adolescents. It can also affect other joints, such as elbows and ankles. This condition occurs when a piece of the bone partially or fully separates from the end of the bone that forms a joint. This usually happens due to the lack of blood supply to the area. As the piece of the bone dies, the cartilage covering it cracks, and both may break loose. The area where the bone fragment breaks off is called a lesion. Although these lesions may occur in both of the paired joints, usually just one is affected.

Dr. Golan provides diagnosis and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients who are experiencing symptoms associated with Osteochondritis Dissecans. 

Common Sports Injuries & Treatments

Rotator Cuff Tear 
Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
Shoulder Dislocation
Shoulder Instability Repair
Shoulder Arthritis
Shoulder Tendonitis
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Painful Thrower's Shoulder
Shoulder Bursitis
Shoulder Impingement
Calcific Tendonitis
Golf/Baseball/Tennis Injury
AC Joint Repair
Knee Arthroscopic Surgery
Knee Osteotomy and Realignment
Knee Instability & Multiligamentous Injury
Runner’s Knee (Chondromalacia Patella)
ACL Reconstruction
ACL Injuries Surgery
Meniscus Injury/Tear Repair
Patellar/ 'Knee Cap' Dislocation
Osgood Schlatter Disease
Medial Collateral Ligament Injury
Lateral Collateral Ligament Tears
Osteochondral Defect
Osteocondritis Desiccans
UCL Repair/Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome (Ulnar Nerve Entrapment)
Elbow Bursitis (Olecranon Bone)
Elbow Fractures and Trauma
Elbow Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
Elbow Arthritis/Osteoarthritis
Golfers Elbow
Tennis Elbow
Lateral Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction


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