Knee problems can affect individuals of any age. Knee fractures, ligament
tears, and meniscal tears are just a few examples of common knee injuries.
If you’ve sustained an injury, you can turn to Westside Regional
Medical Center for comprehensive
orthopedic care. A specialist in orthopedics or physical therapy can also help you reduce
your risk of suffering a recurrent knee injury.
The patella, or kneecap, is the most common bone to suffer a fracture in
the knee area. However, patients may also be diagnosed with fractures
of the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). In many cases, fractures
of the knee area are the result of a forceful blow to the knee. A person
may sustain fractures when falling from an elevation or being a victim
of a motor vehicle collision. Older adults may experience fractures in
the knee area after suffering less significant trauma. This may be the
result of osteoporosis, which refers to weakened, porous bone mass. Additionally,
it is possible to sustain a fracture of the upper tibia from the
repetitive stress of excessive physical activity or in cases in which the bone is already compromised by infection or cancer.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
The anterior cruciate ligament extends diagonally through the middle of
the knee. The ACL, which is located in the front of the knee, is responsible
for keeping the tibia in place and improving the stability of the knee.
ACL injuries are among the most common types of sports-related injuries.
Certain movements can lead to an ACL tear, such as abrupt stopping, incorrect
landing from a jump, and direct collisions, such as tackles during a football
game. ACL tears also occur when an athlete abruptly changes direction.
Meniscal tears are another knee injury that often arise as a result of
sports activities. The menisci are two pieces of cartilage in the knee
joint. A meniscus can tear during abrupt movements such as pivoting and
twisting, as well as collisions. Knee arthritis and age-related changes
can also contribute to meniscal tears.
Since 1974, Westside Regional Medical Center has been a leading provider
of healthcare services to Broward County residents. Our specialists in
orthopedics near Plantation, FL, offer non-invasive and surgical treatment
options for patients with knee conditions, including knee replacement
surgery. To request a referral to a specialist in orthopedics, call our
Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 722-9933.