3 Common Knee Injuries

3 Common Knee Injuries
May 11 05:14 2019 Print This Article

The knee joint is vulnerable to a variety of injuries due to its complexity. Injury to the knee can occur during work or recreation while performing activities such as running, jumping, lifting, pivoting, etc. Knee injuries and their accompanying pain resulted in over 10 million doctor’s office visits in 2010. While a knee injury sometimes requires surgery to correct, many heal successfully using only conservative measures, such as physical therapy or bracing. Some knee injuries tend to occur more often than others.

1. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

The purpose of the anterior cruciate ligament is to provide knee stability. The ACL crosses the front of the knee in a diagonal fashion. It is vulnerable to injury from a sudden change of direction or an improper landing from a jump. While ACL tears are strongly associated with contact sports, they do not only result from athletic activities. If your anterior cruciate ligament injury occurs while on the job, you may be able to seek a torn ACL workers comp settlement Portland OR.

2. Meniscal Tears

Tears of the meniscus are extremely common. A meniscus is a crescent-shaped wedge of cartilage found within the knee joint between your shinbone (tibia) and thighbone (femur). Each knee has two menisci, one along the inner side and one along the outer. They function as shock absorbers for the knee joint. A meniscus tear can occur gradually as part of the aging process or suddenly due to a forceful impact on the joint. Some meniscal tears can heal on their own, while others require surgery.

3. Dislocation

The knee joint consists of three main bones. In addition to the tibia and fibula, there is also the kneecap or patella. A sudden impact to the joint, such as may occur during an auto wreck, fall, or sporting activity, can force any one of these bones out of their normal position. A knee dislocation can cause pain and loss of function until it is corrected.

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Mike Morgan
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Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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