The knee is the most commonly and easily injured joint. At Forsyth Regional Orthopaedic Center, we offer expert diagnosis, surgical and other treatment options, as well as rehabilitative services for all types of knee injuries. Here are some common types of serious knee injuries:
ARTHRITISArthritis is by far the most common cause of knee pain. Primarily attributed to age, arthritis can also be attributed to injury, wear and tear, disease, and developmental disabilities.
Torn ACLThe anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is usually injured during participation in sports – especially football and basketball – by sudden changes in speed or direction.
MCL InjuryThe medial collateral ligament (MCL) is most often injured by direct impact to the outer side of the knee, more often than not during athletic competition.
PCL InjuryThe posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is vulnerable to direct impact to the front of the knee, as well as awkward motions caused by something as routine as a misstep.
Meniscus tearsMeniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries. Athletes often tear the meniscus as a result of a twisting motion when the knee is bent or flexed. Older adults can injure the meniscus during daily activity, as the meniscus weakens with age.
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