Understanding a Torn Cartilage The menisci or “cartilage” of the knee remains a common source of knee pain for athletes of any age. The “C” shaped grisly structures assist in the congruent relationship between the femur, thigh bone, and the tibia or shin bone. The medial (inside) meniscus and lateral (outside) meniscus have a flat under […]
The knee joint is a complex system of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. These all work together in concert to create flexibility, stability and movement. Each part of the knee needs to perform for the knee to function. While there are four bones that come together at the knee, it is only the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) that form the joint itself. The stability of the knee joint is controlled by by four ligaments, thick bands of tissue that stabilize the joint. This is where the “alphabet cringe” for knee ligament tears come in: ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL. Knee joint injuries can be a result of overuse or trauma to the knee. Either will cause swelling, pain and redness.
Assisting the efficient joint relationship in the knee, two cartilaginous menisci rest on the flat surface of the larger lower leg bone (tibia). The inner (medial meniscus) and outer (lateral meniscus) have a flat under surface that sits on the tibia bone and the concave (depressed) overlying surface of the menisci houses the convex (rounded) […]
Understanding Kneecap Pain for Runners Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) typically presents with a dull pain just beneath the kneecap and lower front part of the thigh just above the knee joint. It is very common injury for runners. Hence, patellofemoral pain syndrome is sometimes referred to as “runner’s knee” or misalignment of the patella. The […]
Understanding a Lateral Meniscus Tear “I tore my cartilage” is the term most athletes use to describe the possible source of their knee joint line pain. About 40% of the time, they’re correct. Now ask them to identify culprit, aka “the cartilage”, in a police lineup and they’ll probably have the look of a cow […]
Pain associated with running can contribute to some forms of overuse injuries. Constantly subjecting the structures holding the joint to mechanical stress as with running, without allowing adequate time for recovery, is a recipe for developing knee pain. For example, excessive jumping, running, or deep lunges are all potential factors for knee pain. However, knee pain for runners is rarely a “do or die” scenario. In fact, many knee injuries with runners, if detected early, can easily resolved with proper treatment.
Understanding Knee Pain From Cycling Cycling is a wonderful sport for athletes at any age. Whether you’re biking the flat roads here in Florida or braving the endless off-road trails in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the speed, fitness and fresh air accompanying the world of cycling is a wonderful escape from the “daily grind”. […]
The truth is….athletes “pull” muscles. That is something everyone is at risk for with an active lifestyle. Biceps femoris tendonitis is typically an injury resulting from overuse or over stretching of the biceps femoris tendons of the most lateral hamstring on the back of the thigh. The two most common locations for pain with this […]
The Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) is a thickening of the medial or inner knee joint capsule. The MCL is the stabilizing ligament between the medial distal femur (thigh bone) and the medial upper tibia (shin bone). The main function of the MCL is to reinforce the medial knee joint against excessive valgus stress or inward […]
What is pes anserine bursitis? This ailment, while not extremely common, can be quite painful. It is the result of inflammation of the pes anserine bursa, which is located just below and to the inner side of the knee. A bursa is a fluid filled sac that acts as a cushion and is located close […]
Understanding Fat Pad Impingement The infrapatellar fat pad is a sensitive mass of tissue that lies behind the patella tendon and on the front side of the knee joint. With it being located below and behind the distal end of the patella or kneecap, it’s quite vulnerable to trauma and is an obvious source of […]
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