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Arthritis of the Knee

A common form of arthritis usually occurs in one or both knee joints. It is marked by the degeneration of articular cartilage that covers and protects the tibia (shin bone), femur (thigh bone), and patella (knee cap) at the knee joint.

ACL Tear

One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear. The ACL is tissue that connects the thighbone to the shinbone, at the knee. Most ACL injuries occur during certain sports such as basketball, soccer, football, skiing, and tennis.

Fractures

Fractures (broken bones) of the knee can occur due to trauma, such as a sports injury, accident, or fall.

Meniscal Tear

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your femur (thighbone) and tibia(shinbone). There are two menisci in each knee joint. They can be damaged or torn during activities that put pressure on or rotate the knee joint.

Multi-Ligamentous Knee Injuries

Multi-ligament knee injuries occur less frequently when at least two or more ligaments are torn.  For example, tearing the ACL and MCL, or the ACL, PCL and LCL.  These injuries can occur during sports activities or through high-energy trauma such as a fall from height or a car accident.

Patello-Femoral Instability

Patellar instability is the term given to a range of injuries that occur when the patella, or kneecap, is displaced from its intended resting place. Causes include a traumatic dislocation, such as occurs during a sports activity, or a displacement caused by daily activities.

PCL Tear

The posterior cruciate ligament(PCL) is a ligament in the knee. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones.  Injuries that tear the PCL often damage some of the other ligaments or cartilage in the knee, as well. In some cases, the ligament can also break loose a piece of underlying bone.