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Arthroscopy: The Problem Knee

What is it? Today’s active lifestyle can ask too much of our knees.  Athletes often suffer knee injuries from a sudden blow or fall, or simply by twisting.  Women are particularly prone to kneecap problems, while older adults may have trouble from aging joints.  Many knees problems arise from damage to the soft tissues (the…

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Total Knee Replacement

Replacing Your Problem Knee A painful, stiff knee can keep you from doing the simple things in life, even walking without pain.  Your physician may be able to replace your problem knee thanks to improved surgical techniques and materials.  After a total knee replacement, you will have some restrictions when using your new knee, but…

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Patellofemoral Syndome

What is it? Knee pain is one of the most common symptoms experienced by sports participants.  Studies have shown that patellofemoral pain syndrome comprises up to 50% of overuse injuries.  This syndrome is caused by irritation of the undersurface of the patella (kneecap) which, in its normal state, is smooth.  The irritation can lead to…

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Osteochonditis Dissecans (OCD)

Many activities place repetitive stress on the legs, more specifically the knees. Knees are extremely vulnerable to overuse injuries as well as acute injuries from stresses brought against them. When a young patient presents with generalized or anterior knee pain, and there aren’t any definitive abnormalities after examination, OCD should be considered. Definition Osteochondritis Dissecans…

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Cartilage Transplant

Everyone has heard of a torn cartilage and they tend to think of that and they tend to think of that as the much more common problem where the shock absorber type of cartilage is damaged in the knee. This confuses people because they don’t understand the difference between that type of cartilage and articular…

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Aneterior Cruciate Ligament Tears

Anatomy The anterior cruciate ligament is a thick band of tissue which has two major strands that extend from the lower leg bone (tibia) to the thigh bone (femur). This ligament is very important for maintaining stability of the knee. When it is injured or torn the patient feels the instability of the knee when…

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