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Baton Rouge Knee Doctor

Dr. Burnham is a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon and knee doctor who has a special focus on knee injuries, ligament tears, and cartilage repair. His clinical and research focus has centered around ACL tears, meniscus tears, knee dislocation, and other knee ligament injuries. He trained under world-renowned knee doctors and surgeons at the UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA and UK in Lexington, KY. He currently practices in Baton Rouge, LA at the Bone & Joint Clinic and has privileges at several major hospitals in the area. Knee injuries treated by Dr. Burnham include:

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Meniscal Root Tear

Meniscal Root Tear Overview

The meniscus is a very important piece of cartilage in the knee. It is shaped like a “C” and it serves to cushion and stabilize the knee. In recent years the importance of the meniscus “root” has become more apparent.

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Anterolateral Ligament (ALL) and Anterolateral Complex

Overview of the Anterolateral Complex and the Anterolateral Ligament

In 2013, the New York Times and several other media outlets touted the discovery of a “new” knee ligament, the anterolateral ligament (ALL). In reality, the discovery was not new, but more of a “rediscovery” of a ligament that had been described in 1879 by a French Surgeon, Paul Segond. It has since been described in one form or another by numerous authors, notably Hughston, Terry, and others. The reason for its resurgence in popularity is for good cause – knee surgeons are continually working to improve the results of ACL surgery. It is generally agreed upon that the ligamentous structures (anterolateral complex) on that side of the knee may play a role in the rotational stability of the knee. It is important to recognize injuries to the anterolateral complex or ligament and know how to treat them appropriately.

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Cartilage Restoration Procedures


Articular cartilage is the material that lines the ends of bones within the joint. It provides lubrication and protection to the underlying bone, and allows smooth motion of the joint. Cartilage has poor blood supply, and once injured, it does not heal readily. Traditionally, there were very few successful treatments for cartilage damage except for joint replacement surgeries. However, emerging technologies have allowed us to successfully perform several types of cartilage repair and cartilage restoration treatments.

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Running Injuries

Running provides numerous health benefits, but overuse injuries can hamper a regular running routine. The key to successful treatment of running injuries is proper diagnosis and development of an individualized treatment plan that will allow for a full recovery and return to regular running.

In addition to a thorough history and physical exam, further diagnostic procedures can include video gait analysis, functional assessment, MRI, bone scan, x-rays, and ultrasound.

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Meniscus Tear

The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that serves as the shock absorber in your knee. It is important to keep your knee stable and to protect the health of your knee. The meniscus can be torn during a twisting or impact injury to your knee, or it can develop a tear over time from overuse.

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ACL Reconstruction Surgery


Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common sports injuries in the United States. The ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the body, and is crucial to providing stability of the knee joint. Unfortunately, the ACL has poor healing potential, and ACL surgery is required to reconstruct the torn ligament in most cases. In some cases, however, the ACL can be repaired in a way that it will heal. Most of the time, repair is not possible and a reconstruction is needed. ACL reconstruction surgery is done by taking a tendon from somewhere else in the body (or from a donor) and using it to replace the torn ACL. 

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