Knee clinic

Knee complaints can significantly hinder your daily life. Activities that were taken for granted, such as getting up, walking and cycling, can suddenly require a lot of effort and be accompanied by severe pain. Do you recognize this?

We are happy to help you. At the knee clinic in the department orthopedics At the Jan van Goyen Medical Center we strive for quick and adequate treatment of knee complaints. A team of doctors, orthopedists and physiotherapists is ready to treat your knee complaints using modern treatment methods.

Treatment at Medical Center Jan van Goyen

Short waiting times. We will help you quickly;
You always meet the same doctor. He or she will create a personal, tailor-made treatment plan for you;
We are a subsidiary of OLVG. Our doctors work closely with the doctors in OLVG. This way we can offer you care at the highest level.

The knee

Knee explained

The knee is the largest joint in the body. The knee joint is where two bones meet: the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone). At the end of these bones there is a cartilage layer that enables a supple movement of the knee.

The knee is held in place by knee ligaments. The menisci (plural of meniscus) provide shock absorption and the connection between the upper and lower leg.

The knee joint is constantly exposed to substantial forces, making it susceptible to abrasion and injuries. Many knee complaints are caused by an overburdening of the cartilage and damages to the meniscus and/or ligaments.

What are knee complaints for which you are referred to the orthopedics department?

Various types of complaints can occur in the knee. With which complaints can your GP refer you to our orthopedics department? We have listed these complaints for you.

Limited freedom of movement

If you have difficulty bending, straightening, or fully using the knee, this may result in a decreased ability to walk or perform other daily activities. Causes of the limited range of motion include cartilage damage, meniscus damage, torn ligaments, osteoarthritis and inflammation.

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In many cases you have come to the right place with our orthopedists if you have limited freedom of movement in the knee. However, the GP will determine whether you will be referred to an orthopedist. Your GP may first refer you to another specialist, such as a physiotherapist.

Final complaints

Situations in which the knee suddenly appears to be stuck in a certain position, which is usually accompanied by pain and difficulty bending or straightening the knee, are described as 'lock complaints'.

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If your knee suddenly becomes stuck, your GP may refer you to the orthopedics department.


Looseness or instability in the knee can sometimes be experienced as a feeling that the knee can 'dislocate'. Depending on the severity of the instability, it will be determined whether your complaints require surgical or non-operative treatment.

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After a diagnosis, the orthopedist will tell you exactly which treatment offers the best solution in your situation. At Medical Center Jan van Goyen, waiting times are generally very short. We will help you quickly; even if your complaints require surgical treatment.


Osteoarthritis is degenerative wear and tear of the cartilage in the knee. Osteoarthritis is characterized by pain, stiffness and reduced function in the knee. Osteoarthritis usually only develops at a later age.

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Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of knee complaints later in life. If your GP suspects that you have osteoarthritis, there is a good chance that you will be referred to an orthopedist.

Torn cruciate ligaments

Injuries to the cruciate ligaments (ligaments), such as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), can cause instability, severe pain, and limitations in the function of the knee.

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Torn crotch burns can be caused by, among other things, a quick, abrupt change in direction (for example during football, basketball or skiing) or by a sudden twisting or twisting movement of the knee. Whatever the cause, if you suspect torn ligaments, you will be referred to the orthopedics outpatient clinic.

Meniscal injuries

The cartilaginous tissue in the knee that acts as a shock absorber is called the meniscus. Injuries to the meniscus can lead to pain, swelling and limitation of knee movement.

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Our specialists can help you with many meniscus problems. Examples of meniscal problems are meniscal tears, meniscal injuries with lock complaints and degenerative meniscal changes.

Knee pain

Depending on the type of complaints you have, you may be referred to us with knee pain. This pain can range from mild to severe and from acute to chronic.

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Based on your complaints, your doctor will estimate to what extent our orthopedic surgeons can help you relieve your pain complaints.


Injury or overuse of the knee can cause edema or swelling around the knee.

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Based on the swelling, your GP will determine whether the orthopedics outpatient clinic is suitable to help you get rid of your complaints. In case of swelling, visiting an orthopedist is not always necessary.


Do you suffer from a feeling of stiffness in the knee, for example when you have been sitting for a long time or when you wake up in the morning? Then you may be referred to an orthopedist for this.

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Stiffness in the knee can have several causes. Your doctor will ask you questions about your daily activities and level of activity to determine whether the stiffness in your knee can be remedied by an orthopedist.

Causes of knee complaints

Causes of knee complaints

Most knee complaints arise from overload due to sports and wear and tear (arthrosis), but falls and accidents can also lead to pain in the knee. There are usually several causes of knee complaints. The most common causes are briefly discussed below.

1. Torn knee ligaments or cruciate ligaments

Knee ligaments provide stability in the knee joint. When the knee ligaments tear, the knee can no longer be bent. The knee then also swells due to the fluid that is retained. If there is only a tear in the knee ligaments, physiotherapy can provide a solution. However, sometimes knee surgery is necessary. More information about this operation can be found in this brochure.

2. Wear and tear (arthrosis)

Wear and tear, also called osteoarthritis, occurs due to long-term (over)loading of the knee. If the cartilage becomes damaged, there is wear and tear and surgery may be necessary. In some cases, a knee prosthesis is necessary for osteoarthritis.

3. Overload of the cartilage

The overburdening of the cartilage is a very common injury with runners. In most cases, the patient feels pain a difficult to localise pain around or behind the kneecap. The injury is also called ‘chondropathy of the patella’ or ‘runner’s knee’. Many patients will need a keyhole surgery, or arthroscopy.

4. Meniscal complaints

Small ruptures in the meniscus can be caused by sudden movements. The knee can get ‘locked’ when the meniscus is torn from the joint. In some cases, resting the knee can be enough to solve the problem. In other cases, the patient will need a keyhole surgery, or arthroscopy.

5. Broken bones

Bone fractures around the knee joint can be caused by a fall or other accident or trauma. Sometimes, physiotherapy can offer sufficient treatment, in other cases, the patient will need a keyhole surgery, or arthroscopy.

6. Inflammation in the knee

An inflammation in the knee (arthritis) can be caused by a bacteria or, for example, rheumatism. The inflammation can be treated with cortisone.

More causes

The above causes are the most common. However, the pain in your knee(s) can arise from a variety of causes. If you experience knee complaints, our advice is to always discuss these complaints with your GP. He or she can then refer you to our orthopedics department for a diagnosis and treatment.

Treatment of knee complaints

The treatment of knee complaints takes place at: Jan van Goyen Medical Center place at the knee clinic. A team of doctors, physiotherapists and orthopedists treat knee pain using modern treatment methods.

When you come to the knee clinic, we may first take X-rays when this is necessary after which you have an intake consultation with the physiotherapist who will also examine you. The physiotherapist will discuss his findings with the orthopaedic specialist and, together, they will then explain and discuss the possible treatment options with you.

When an MRI scan must be made or an arthroscopy or reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligaments is required, we can schedule this at short notice. When physiotherapy is the best treatment method, then you can choose to get this treatment at the practice of one of our affiliated physiotherapists.

Do you have any questions about the treatment of knee complaints or would you like to make an appointment with the knee clinic? Please contact us by phone at 020 305 5817 or fill in the contact form. You can contact us at short notice.

Our team of medical specialists is happy to help you get rid of your knee complaints.

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Are you experiencing knee problems?

Our team of doctors, orthopedic surgeons and physiotherapists are happy to help you relieve your pain and improve your mobility. Treatment in our medical center has several advantages.

✓ Short waiting times

On average, you can contact us for your first consultation within 1 week. We believe it is important that you do not suffer from complaints for an unnecessarily long time. We therefore do our best to ensure that your first consultation takes place as quickly as possible.

✓ Close collaboration with OLVG

Our doctors work closely with OLVG doctors, because we are a subsidiary of OLVG. This collaboration allows us to always offer you care at the highest level.

✓ You always see the same doctor

We strive to have every appointment with the same doctor. He or she will create a personal treatment plan tailored to you.

✓ Reimbursed by your health insurer

Jan van Goyen Medical Center collaborates with OLVG and has agreements with almost all health insurers. Most of the treatments we perform are reimbursed by your health insurer. However, we advise you to check with your insurance company in advance whether treatment will be reimbursed. To be eligible for reimbursement, you always need a referral from your doctor or GP.

Please contact us

If your GP refers you to our medical centre, we will contact you to make an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment yourself via this form. Have your Zorgdomein (ZD) number at hand. You will find this on the letter or confirmation you received from Zorgdomein.

Do you have any questions or requests? Please contact us by telephone at 020 305 58 17.

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