6 Most Common Knee Injuries
“My knee hurts.”
….. These are very commonly Googled terms and many reasons why patients come see us. We have offices in Blacksburg, VA, Wytheville VA, and Bluefield, VA. So, it’s no surprise we see many knee injuries come through. Here are the top 6 reasons people come into the office and some explanation as to why:
#1 Knee Fractures
This doesn’t seem like an obvious one, but ANY bone in the body can be fractured. Knee fractures primarily occur when someone falls and the first thing that hits the ground is their knee. It’s painful and some people with osteoporosis can even get knee fractures just by stepping oddly, or tripping during their normal day.
#2 ACL Injuries
You have most definitely the term “ACL injury” in everyone from athletes, to you neighbor. It’s common for sure and one of the main things we treat. ACL stands for “anterior cruciate ligament” and it runs diagonally down the front of the knee. The purpose is to provide stability to the joint, so you can move like normal. Most ACL injuries require surgery and they range in “grades” from a grade 1, which is normally a mild injury to a grade 3 which is a complete ACL tear.
#3 Patellar Dislocations
Ouch! A dislocated knee occurs when the bones of the knee are out of alignment and may slip out of place. This can happen in many ways like falling, sports or car accidents, etc and is considered fairly common.
#4 Meniscal Tears
“I tore my meniscus” is a term you’ve probably heard. Much like an ACL injury, meniscal tears happen often in sports and they also can happen slowly in aging people which is known as a “degenerative meniscus tear.” Typically, when a meniscus tears, it’s accompanied by a “pop” followed by pain, swelling, and tightness. The menisci are two rubber-like wedges of cartilage between the thighbone and shinbone.
You can get tendonitis in pretty much any joint. When it’s located in the knee, it’s called “patellar tendonitis” and occurs in the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. It’s an important part of knee which helps you run, jump, and do whatever you normally do.
#6 Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Most commonly know as “IT Band Syndrome” this is a painful issue normally seen in long distance runners, or people who try to run too much, too soon. The IT band is located on the outside of the knee and runs up towards the glutes. Pain can start off mild but grow to severe unless the runner stops running for a period of time or possibly seeks physical therapy treatment.
Sideline Orthopedics and Sports Medicine see these, and many other knee injuries on a daily basis and we would be happy to help treat you and help prevent further injuries. Many people try to “wait it out” when it comes to knee injuries and sadly, that usually just makes things worse. We can help get you back on your feet and getting that knee feeling better again in no time!
If you think you have any of the above conditions, or have pain in the knee area, don’t hesitate to call us at 540-552-7133 or request an appointment here.