Why Does My Knee Keep Popping Out of Place?
There are two types of patellar instability, which is, simply put, when the kneecap moves outside its normal space. One is traumatic patellar dislocation and the other is chronic patellar instability. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some degree of patellar instability is relatively common in the US, estimated at 50 to 77 cases per 100,000 […]
Do All ACL Tears Require Surgery?
ACL tear surgery repairs or replaces an injured anterior cruciate ligament, which is the band of soft tissue that runs down the middle of the knee and connects your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia). Partially torn ACLs may not need surgery, but completely torn ACLs cannot heal on their own and require surgical repair […]
How Successful Is Meniscus Transplant Surgery?
Most meniscus tears are the result of twisting your knee while your foot remains planted. If you have arthritis or are advanced in years, you can also tear your meniscus from a simple misstep or without an accident at all. For younger people, particularly those who are active, at a healthy weight, and without arthritis […]
Femur Fracture: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
The femur — commonly called the thighbone — extends from your pelvis to your knees, making it the longest bone in your body. Because it is also the body’s strongest bone, fracturing it requires significant force and is a serious injury. If you have symptoms of a broken femur, seek emergency medical treatment. What are […]
Knee Instability: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
The knee is a large and complicated joint. It connects your femur to your shin and is stabilized by several ligaments. When our knees are healthy, we use them to stand, walk, run, jump, and sit. When we have knee joint issues, such as knee instability, they have a wide-ranging impact on our ability to […]
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Recovery
The knee is the largest joint in the body and – unfortunately – it’s also one of the easiest joints to injure. In particular, the ligaments in the knee are prone to sprains and tears in athletes and other active individuals. While strength training and conditioning can help support the knee and protect the ligaments […]
IT Band Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Exercises
Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, hiker or someone whose work keeps them on their feet for long stretches of time, you’re likely to experience the ill effects of repetitive motion on your lower extremities at some point. One such overuse injury? IT band syndrome. What is IT band syndrome? Iliotibial band syndrome – commonly called […]
Knee Pain & Osgood-Schlatter Disease in Children: Causes, Symptoms & Treatments
Children and teenagers who grow up playing sports are used to the bumps, bruises, sprains and strains that come with the territory. They are conditioned to push through adversity and play through discomfort – yet they typically can tell the difference between soreness and actual injury. Dr. Eric Heiden, a Utah orthopedic surgeon and five-time […]
When to See a Doctor for Knee Pain
Unfortunately, knee pain is a common problem for many Americans of all ages. While younger people tend to experience knee pain after an injury, knee pain can also be caused by a number of medical conditions, obesity and arthritis. If you’re experiencing acute or chronic knee pain, you may need to see a knee specialist […]