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Arthritis of the Knee
Arthritis of the knee can cause pain, stiffness, and a cracking sensation in the joint. This usually leads to limited range of motion and weakness in the knee that can affect daily activities. Treatment for arthritis of the knee can help ease your symptoms and restore mobility so that you can maintain a healthier, more active lifestyle.
One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear (“ACL tear”). Most ACL tears occur as an injury where the knee falls inward when rotating, and they are especially common in certain sports such as soccer, football, basketball, skiing, and tennis. ACL reconstruction surgery can stabilize the knee and prevent irreversible damage while allowing you to return to all (or at least most) normal physical activities.
Fractures (broken bones) of the knee can occur due to trauma, such as a sports injury, accident, or fall.
One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. There are two menisci in each knee joint, and these can be torn or damaged during activities that twist, rotate, or put pressure on the knee. Either conservative or surgical treatments may be recommended to improve symptoms and stability after a torn meniscus.
Multi-Ligamentous Knee Injuries
Multi-ligament knee injuries occur less frequently when 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. Nearly all multi-ligamentous knee injuries require surgery.
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.
The posterior cruciate ligament(PCL) is a ligament in the knee. Most PCL tears occur in skiers and athletes who play soccer, football, or baseball; however, they are far less common than ACL tears. Injuries that tear the PCL often damage some of the other ligaments or cartilage in the knee as well. Nonsurgical or surgical treatments can be performed to mend the knee and help you return to all (or at least most) normal physical activities after rehabilitation.