Common Knee Injuries

by Administrator 27. March 2017 09:58

Knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. It supports body’s weight and facilitates its movement. Its importance and intricate structure makes it vulnerable to injuries. Most of the knee damages can be efficaciously treated with conventional measures, such as bracing, medication and rehabilitation exercises but, in case of a severe injury, a surgery may be required.

Common Knee Injuries –

  • Fractures – Kneecap or patella covers the knee joint and protects it during an accident or a traumatic injury, such as fall from a height, motor vehicle collision etc. Therefore, it is the most commonly fractured structure. The ends of femur and tibia that join to form a joint may also crack under certain circumstances.
  • Dislocations – A dislocation refers to a condition in which the bones of the knee joint move from their original position. This may lead to misalignment of the bones. The condition may occur due to inherited abnormality in knee’s structure or during a high energy trauma, such as a sudden fall, motor vehicle crash or playing sports.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries – ACL is a tissue that helps to stabilize the knee by joining upper and lower leg’s bones.  An injury to anterior cruciate ligament usually occurs when the leg is either too much flexed in the forward direction or twisted. This injury is generally accompanied by damage to other structures, such as meniscus and other ligaments.
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries - This type of damage usually occurs when the knee is bent and a sudden force is applied to it from the front. This may happen while playing high-impact sports or during vehicle collisions. It is a partial injury that can heal by taking proper precautions and rest.
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries - When a force pushes knee sideways, it may lead to an injury in the collateral ligament. It is a frequently witnessed sports injury and may not require surgery if the ligament has only been torn out.
    Meniscal Tears - If a person suddenly changes its direction while running, jumping, pivoting or being tackled in contact sport, the meniscus may tear off. The condition may also occur due to growing age or Arthritis.
  • Tendon Tears - Patellar tendon assists the knee in straightening the leg. The disorder is common among middle aged people and sportspersons who do excessive running or jumping. A complete tear requires a surgical treatment, while a partial one may be treated by conservative methods.

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