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Common Knee Injuries
In most cases, athletes suffer knee injuries as the result of a sudden trauma or impact such as a direct hit to the knee or from a change of direction while the foot is planted. In other instances, knee injuries may be the result of overexertion and muscular imbalance which forces the knee to be repetitively strained.
No matter what the sport or activity, limited motion or flexibility in the knees has a direct impact on speed and power and can compromise your performance.
It is important to see a Sports Medicine Specialist at the first sign of knee pain as many knee conditions are progressive and will worsen if left untreated.
Common knee injuries include:
- Meniscus Tears
- ACL Injuries
- MCL / PCL Injuries
- Tendonitis of the Knee
- Patellofemoral Pain (Jumper’s Knee or Runner’s Knee)
- Hamstring Injuries
- Knee Instability
- Patellar Dislocation
- Osteoarthritis (OA). The wear and tear of knee cartilage with age. OA is most common in patients over 50. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness. Symptoms usually become worse during weight-bearing activities. If left untreated, OA and presenting symptoms become worse.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an autoimmune disease—the body attacks its own bone and cartilage. RA usually affects both knees. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, and general fatigue. RA’s cause is unknown.
- Posttraumatic arthritis. Arthritis that develops after an accident or injury. Common causes include knee fractures and ligament, cartilage, and tendon tears.
Knee arthritis is a chronic condition—it can be managed but not cured. An early diagnosis is
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ACL Tears & Injuries
An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear/injury is one of the most common and well-known orthopedic injuries. The ACL is a very important ligament because it prevents the tibia (shin bone) from sliding in front of the femur (thigh bone). The ACL stabilizes the knee while walking, running, jumping, and moving from side to side. An ACL tear/injury usually occurs during running and jumping sports and activities. Movements that cause an ACL tear/injury are:
- Suddenly changing directions
- Suddenly stopping
- Landing from a jump
A blow to the knee may also be a cause. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and instability. Patients who sustain an ACL tear/injury should see an Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIOCJ) specialist as soon as possible. A physical examination determines the severity of the tear/injury. Once swelling decreases, X-rays, and an MRI are ordered and analyzed. An accurate diagnosis is always made.
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MCL Tears & Injuries
The MCL (medial collateral ligament) is an important knee ligament. It is located on the inside part of the knee—connecting the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone). A direct blow to the knee may cause an MCL tear/injury. Football, soccer, and hockey are sports in which MCL tears/injuries are common. Symptoms include:
- Immediate pain and swelling
- Knee instability
- Difficulty bear weight/walking
Patients who sustain an MCL tear/injury should make an appointment with an Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIOCJ) specialist as soon as possible. A physical examination determines the severity of the tear/injury. In some cases, X-rays and an MRI are ordered after swelling goes down. An accurate diagnosis is made so the tear/injury can be effectively treated. OIOCJ specialists are fellowship trained and board-certified. They prescribe customize treatment plans that decrease symptoms and heal the tear/injury.
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Meniscus Tears & Injuries
A meniscus tear occurs when a piece of the meniscus is torn. Most meniscus tears happen during sports and physical activities that require cutting, running, and jumping. The following are common symptoms of a meniscus tear:
- Knee instability
- An audible click when bending the knee
Patella Tendon Tear
- Difficulty walking
- A visible indention
An audible snap may be heard when the tendon tears. Tendon tears require medical attention as soon as possible. Fellowship trained and board-certified Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey specialists accurately diagnose patella tendon tears. A physical examination, x-ray, and MRI are used. Findings reveal the severity of the injury. A customized treatment plan relieves symptoms and heals the tendon.
Joint sprains vary in severity from:
- Grade 1 – Mild Sprain
- Grade 2 – Partial Ligament Tear
- Grade 3 – Full Ligament Tear
Injuries that make it very difficult to walk or function deserve
Calf Muscle Injuries
Articular Cartilage Injuries And Conditions
Patellofemoral Joint Injuries
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