Acquaint yourself with these common knee injuries

Your knee is a weight-bearing joint, which makes it particularly susceptible to injuries. Each year, millions of patients in the U.S. seek medical care because of knee pain. If you become one of them, you can rest assured that you’ll receive nothing short of superior care and attentive service at West Hills Hospital . Our Total Joint Team combines advanced expertise with state-of-the-art medical technology to give our patients the best possible outcomes.

Ligament injuries
Ligaments are the rope-like bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. Your knee has four main ligaments—two collateral ligaments, an anterior cruciate ligament and a posterior cruciate ligament. Any of these can become overly stretched, partially torn or completely torn.

The signs of a ligament injury include:

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Loud popping sound at the time the injury occurs
  • Knee swelling
  • Inability to place weight on the leg
  • Sensation of knee instability

Knee dislocation
Sometimes, sudden trauma can cause the bones of the knee to slip out of place. They may partially or completely dislocate due to the force of a fall, car accident or sports-related collision. Some of the possible indicators of a dislocated knee include the following:

  • Severe pain
  • Severe bruising
  • Knee swelling
  • Visible deformity
  • Popping sound at the time the injury occurs
  • Limited movement

Tendon tears
Tendons are similar to ligaments, except that tendons attach muscles to bones instead of bones to bones. It’s possible to injure the patellar or quadriceps tendon of the knee, either partially or completely.

The cause of this knee injury can be the trauma from a fall, or the movement of jumping up or landing from a jump. You’re more likely to suffer a tendon tear if your tendons are already weakened from tendinitis, corticosteroid injections or chronic diseases like diabetes. Some of the signs of a tendon tear are:

  • Tearing sensation when the injury occurs
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inability to straighten the knee
  • Indentation at the base of the kneecap
  • Tenderness
  • Cramping
  • Inability to walk or difficulty walking
  • Abnormal upward migration of the kneecap

Here at West Hills Hospital, we believe in going the extra mile for our patients. Our Total Joint Package in West Hills connects orthopedic patients to board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons, pre-operative classes and certified rehabilitation specialists. Find out what our comprehensive, uncompromising healthcare can do for you by requesting a referral at (818) 676-4321.

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