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Knee Pain

Knee pain can develop for many different medical reasons. While some cases of knee pain can be a sign of more severe conditions than other knee pain cases, it's always best to meet with an SOS knee specialist. Meeting with a doctor about your knee pain is important in helping to prevent knee pain and associated conditions from becoming much worse.

Our knee specialists have the medical knowledge and experience to diagnose your knee problems, and determine an individualized total orthopedic care plan.

Learn more about potential knee pain causes and conditions below.

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Knee Pain Causes and Conditions

There are many conditions that a patient may experience that can cause knee pain. Learn more about some of the possible conditions that may be the cause of your knee pain below

What is an ACL?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments in the knee that connects the femur to the tibia.  The ACL is located in the middle of the knee, serving to keep the tibia in place and in front of the femur. The ACL also provides stability for the knee to rotate.

ACL Tear Causes

An ACL injury is more common among people who play certain sports, such as basketball, football, soccer or skiing. Because of this, some common ACL tear causes include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Slowing down while also changing directions
  • Pivoting
  • Sidestepping
  • Landing awkwardly

ACL Tear Symptoms

Common ACL tear symptoms include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Knee pain and swelling immediately after the injury occurs
  • A sensation that the knee is unstable
  • Limited range of motion
  • Tenderness along the joint
  • Feeling uncomfortable while walking

ACL Tear Treatment

Depending on the severity of an ACL tear and other factors, there are a variety of nonsurgical and surgical ACL tear treatments available. 

Examples of nonsurgical ACL tear treatment includes, but is not limited to:

However, an ACL tear treatment that is nonsurgical may risk other, related injuries. Because of this, it's best to speak with a knee specialist about which type of ACL tear treatment is right for you, and if ACL surgery is appropriate. 

Do You Think You or a Loved One Has an ACL Tear? See an SOS Specialist

If you or a loved one is experiencing knee pain or other ACL tear symptoms, don't wait for it to get worse. Even if you or a loved one don't have an ACL tear, your knee pain may be a sign of another problem.

t's important to discuss your medical options with a knee specialist. The SOS team includes experienced knee specialists, providing total orthopedic care. 

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What is a Torn Meniscus?

The knee includes two pieces of cartilage known as menisci. Menisci serve as a cushion between the shinbone and thighbone. One or both of the menisci may tear when the knee is twisted or rotated forcefully. 

What Causes a Torn Meniscus?

Because a torn meniscus occurs when the knee is twisted or rotated forcefully, any activity that requires pivoting or sudden stops and turns are common causes of a torn meniscus. Causes of a torn meniscus may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports injuries, particularly from football, basketball or tennis
  • Kneeling down
  • Certain exercises, such as deep squats or heavy lifting

Torn Meniscus Symptoms

Common torn meniscus symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Knee pain,
  • Knee pain that gets worse when twisting or rotating the knee,
  • A popping feeling at the moment of injury,
  • Knee swelling,
  • A feeling of stiffness in the knee,
  • Struggling to position the knee fully straight,
  • A sensation that your knee is locked in place when attempting to move the knee

 

Torn Meniscus Treatments

A treatment plan for a torn meniscus depends on the severity of the torn meniscus. Depending on the severity, there are a variety of treatment options. These torn meniscus treatments range from:

  • Rest, Elevation and Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery to repair the torn meniscus


The appropriate treatment plan for a torn meniscus varies for each patient. The knee specialists at SOS have the experience and specialized knowledge that's needed to determine if a patient's knee pain is from a torn meniscus. Our knee specialists are also experienced in providing torn meniscus treatments. 

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What is a Dislocated Knee?

A dislocated knee occurs when bones that are normally connected at the joint are forced out of place. A dislocated knee can cause severe knee pain, and should be treated promptly. Because a dislocated knee can cause other knee problems, it's important to seek treatment as soon as possible. 

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Causes of a Dislocated Knee

A dislocated knee can be caused by many things, but common causes of a dislocated knee include, but are not limited to:

  • Athletic injuries,
  • Auto accidents,
  • Falling,
  • and more

Dislocated Knee Symptoms

In addition to severe knee pain, other dislocated knee symptoms may include:

  • Knee pain to the point of not being able to move the knee,
  • Knee swelling or bruising,
  • The knee appearing out of place,
  • A popping sound at the moment that the dislocated knee occurred

If you or a loved one experiences any of the above dislocated knee symptoms, it's important to seek care from a knee specialist. 

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Dislocated Knee Treatments

There are many different dislocated knee treatments, both non-surgical and surgical. The best dislocated knee treatment depends on the severity and specifics of your injury. Dislocated knee treatments may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • A knee specialist moving the knee back in to place,
  • Dislocated knee surgery

Which is the best dislocated knee treatment for you or your loved one's injury? An SOS knee specialist can deliver the total orthopedic care you need.

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What is Knee Strain?

Knee strain generally refers to knee pain or instability. 

Knee Strain Causes

There are many possible causes of knee strain. Common causes of knee strain include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Straining muscles near or around the knee
  • Overuse of the knee
  • Weakness or imbalance in knee muscles
  • Poor posture
  • Insufficient foot support from over-worn shoes or using shoes that aren't suitable for certain sports

 

Knee Strain Symptoms

Knee strain symptoms encompass symptoms of any of the above conditions associated with knee pain. Because of this, knee strain is often associated with a large variety of symptoms. Some of these knee strain symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Knee pain
  • Knee swelling
  • Bruising on or around the knee
  • A feeling of instability in the knee
  • Difficulties walking


Knee Strain Treatment

Because knee strain can often be a sign of more specific knee conditions, knee strain treatment is highly individualized. Knee strain may be a sign of a larger problem. To identify a proper knee strain treatment, it's important to see a knee specialist. The knee specialists at SOS have extensive experience in providing care for an array of knee problems. 

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What is a PCL?

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) refers to the ligament in the knee that connects the femur to the tibia. Injuring the PCL can risk damaging other knee ligaments. Because of this, it's important to see a knee specialist to determine if a PCL injury is the cause of you or your loved one's knee pain.

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PCL Injury Causes 

Generally, a PCL injury happens when the knee is hit while bent. Some common causes of a PCL injury include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Auto accidents where the knee hits the dashboard,
  • Having the knee bent while falling,
  • Sports injuries

PCL Injury Symptoms

There are many different signs and symptoms of a PCL injury. These PCL injury symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Knee pain,
  • Mild or severe swelling in the knee,
  • A feeling of instability in the knee,
  • Difficulties walking or putting weight on the knee

 

If you or a loved one is experiencing knee pain, a PCL injury may be why. It's important to see a knee specialist to determine if knee pain is caused by a PCL injury. 

PCL Injury Treatments

There are a variety of PCL injury treatments, both non-surgical and surgical. PCL injury treatments vary greatly depending on the severity and specifics of a patient's PCL injury. Because of this, it's best to speak with a knee specialist about your PCL injury treatment options.

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The Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) is a ligament in the knee that helps the knee to rotate, as well as to prevent leg over-extension. Forceful contact to the outside of the knee is the most common cause of an MCL injury. If you or a loved one experiences knee pain, an MCL injury is one of many possible causes of this knee pain. 

Could you or your loved one have an MCL injury? An SOS knee specialist can help get answers. 

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MCL Injury Symptoms

Symptoms of an MCL injury may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Knee pain,
  • Tenderness affecting the knee,
  • Stiffness in the knee,
  • Knee swelling

Typically, patients experience the above symptoms of an MCL injury around the inner side of the knee. In some cases, knee pain may be severe. 

MCL Injury Treatments

MCL injury treatments vary on a patient by patient basis. Because an MCL injury can be associated with injuries to other knee ligaments, it's important to see a knee specialist. The knee specialists at SOS are experienced in providing total orthopedic care for the treatment of MCL injuries. 

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What is a Torn Tendon in Knee?

Another common cause of knee pain is a torn tendon in the knee. Tendons serve to connect muscles to bones. Because of this, there are many tendons in many different parts of the body. If you or a loved one experiences knee pain, a torn tendon in the knee is one possible explanation. 

What Causes a Torn Tendon in Knee?

Quadricep tendons and patellar tendons are the two types of tendons that may cause knee pain when torn. Common causes of a torn tendon in the knee may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports injuries, especially from sports that involve running or jumping
  • Falling
  • Direct contact to the front of the knee
  • Awkward landings from jumping

Symptoms of a Torn Tendon in Knee

While knee pain is common for both types of a torn tendon in the knee, symptoms of a torn tendon in the knee vary depending on the type of torn tendon in the knee. 

Symptoms of a patellar tendon tear include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • An indent near the bottom of the kneecap
  • The kneecap moves up into the thigh 
  • Bruising on or around the knee
  • A feeling of tenderness around the knee
  • Knee cramps
  • Challenges with walking 
  • Knee pain


Symptoms of a quadricep tendon tear include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • An indent toward the top of the kneecap
  • The kneecap appears to sag
  • Bruising on or around the knee
  • A sensation of tenderness around the knee
  • Knee cramps
  • Struggling to walk because the knee doesn't provide sufficienet support
  • Knee pain


How to Treat a Torn Tendon in Knee

Both types of a torn tendon in the knee have similar treatments. Common treatments for a torn tendon in the knee include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Immobilizing the knee through the use of a knee brace
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery to treat a torn tendon in the knee


Are you or a loved one experiencing knee pain? A torn tendon in the knee could be the cause. Treatment for a torn tendon in the knee depends on the severity. An SOS knee specialist can diagnose if your knee pain is caused by a torn tendon in the knee, then create a treatment plan. 

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What is a Knee Fracture?

Another common cause of knee pain is a knee fracture. A knee fracture occurs when bones located in the knee joint either break or crack. A knee fracture can have various levels of severity, from a bend or small crack in the bone to the bone breaking or shattering.

If you or a loved one's knee pain may be a result of a knee fracture, it's important to see an SOS knee specialist.

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Knee Fracture Causes

A knee fracture can be caused by a variety of traumas to the knee, including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Auto accidents,
  • Sports injuries,
  • Direct contact to the knee,
  • Falling
  • and more

Knee Fracture Symptoms

Common knee fracture symptoms include, but may not necessarily be limited to:

  • Knee pain that also includes swelling, bruising or tenderness immediately after the injury
  • Knee pain that occurs when the knee is touched
  • Knee pain that prevents someone from putting weight on the leg with the affected knee
  • Difficulties bending the knee
  • Knee pain that gets worse when moving
  • Muscle spasms
  • A change in leg shape

If you or a loved one experiences any of the above knee fracture symptoms, it's important to speak with a knee specialist.

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Knee Fracture Diagnosis

If you're experiencing persistent knee pain, it's important to identify and understand the problem. The knee specialists at SOS have the experience and specialized medical knowledge to provide a knee fracture diagnosis.

Knee Fracture Treatment

If your knee pain is caused by a knee fracture, there are many treatment options. These knee fracture treatments may include:

  • A knee specialist moving the broken bones into place
  • Knee fracture surgery to place damaged bones in the correct position
  • A knee brace, splint or cast

An SOS knee specialist can also provide you with a total orthopedic care plan to relieve knee pain associated with a knee fracture

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