Knee


Viscosupplementation for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

A Patient’s Guide to Viscosupplementation for Osteoarthritis of the Knee Introduction The squeaky hinge gets the grease. In the same way, the joint that aches from osteoarthritis (OA) gets the attention. Since the knee works like a hinge joint, it makes sense that lubricating the joint might help people with […]


Knee Osteoarthritis

A Patient’s Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Knee Introduction Knee Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem for many people after middle age. OA is sometimes referred to as degenerative, or wear and tear, arthritis. OA commonly affects the knee joint. In fact, knee OA is the most common cause of […]


Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee

A Patient’s Guide to Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee Introduction Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is a problem that affects the knee, mostly at the end of the big bone of the thigh (the femur). A joint surface damaged by OCD doesn’t heal naturally. Even with surgery, OCD usually leads to future […]


Tibial Osteotomy

A Patient’s Guide to Tibial Osteotomy Introduction Knee osteoarthritis often affects only one side of the knee joint. When this occurs, realigning the angle made between the bones of the leg can shift your body weight so that the healthy side of the knee joint takes more of the stress. […]


Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

A Patient’s Guide to Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries Introduction The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is one of the less commonly injured ligaments of the knee. Understanding this injury and developing new treatments for it have lagged behind the other cruciate ligament in the knee, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), probably […]


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 […]