Knee


Plica Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Plica Syndrome Introduction Plica syndrome is an interesting problem that occurs when an otherwise normal structure in the knee becomes a source of knee pain due to injury or overuse. The diagnosis can sometimes be difficult, but if this is the source of your knee pain, […]


Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries Introduction The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is probably the most commonly injured ligament of the knee. In most cases, the ligament is injured by people participating in athletic activity. As sports have become an increasingly important part of day-to-day life over the […]


Knee Anatomy

A Patient’s Guide to Knee Anatomy Introduction To better understand how knee problems occur, it is important to understand some of the anatomy of the knee joint and how the parts of the knee work together to maintain normal function. First, we will define some common anatomic terms as they […]


Artificial Joint Replacement of the Knee

A Patient’s Guide to Artificial Joint Replacement of the Knee Introduction A painful knee can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in artificial knee replacement have improved the outcome of the surgery greatly. Artificial knee replacement surgery (also called […]


Articular Cartilage Problems of the Knee

A Patient’s Guide to Articular Cartilage Problems of the Knee Introduction Articular cartilage problems in the knee joint are common. Injured areas, called lesions, often show up as tears or pot holes in the surface of the cartilage. If a tear goes all the way through the cartilage, surgeons call […]


Collateral Ligament Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Collateral Ligament Injuries Introduction The collateral ligaments are commonly injured parts of the knee. An injury to these ligaments usually involves a significant force, such as a fall while skiing or a direct impact to the side of the leg. This guide will help you understand […]


Hamstring Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Hamstring Injuries Introduction The big group of muscles and tendons in the back of the thigh are commonly called the hamstrings. Injuries in this powerful muscle group are common, especially in athletes. Hamstring injuries happen to all types of athletes, from Olympic sprinters to slow-pitch softball […]


Iliotibial Band Syndrome

A Patient’s Guide to Iliotibial Band Syndrome Introduction Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is an overuse problem that is often seen in bicyclists, runners, and long-distance walkers. It causes pain on the outside of the knee just above the joint. It rarely gets so bad that it requires surgery, but it […]


Meniscal Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Meniscal Injuries Introduction The meniscus is a commonly injured structure in the knee. The injury can occur in any age group. In younger people, the meniscus is fairly tough and rubbery, and tears usually occur as a result of a forceful twisting injury. The meniscus grows […]


Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

A Patient’s Guide to Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Introduction Nonsurgical treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) focuses on reducing pain and maintaining or improving joint function. Doctors commonly prescribe acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling in arthritic patients. Newer NSAIDs called […]