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Exploring the Causes of Common Knee Injuries

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.

Fractures

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

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.