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What Are 3 Common Knee Injuries?

Three common knee injuries include…

  1. Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear – The ACL is one of the major ligaments in the knee, responsible for providing stability to the joint. An ACL tear often occurs during sports activities that involve sudden stops, changes in direction, or direct impact to the knee. Symptoms of an ACL tear may include a popping sensation at the time of injury, immediate swelling, instability or “giving way” of the knee, and pain with weight-bearing activities.
  2. Meniscus Tear – The meniscus is a wedge-shaped cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the knee joint. A meniscus tear can occur due to sudden twisting or rotating movements of the knee, often during sports or activities that involve pivoting or squatting. Symptoms of a meniscus tear may include pain, swelling, stiffness, clicking or locking of the knee joint, and difficulty straightening the knee.
  3. Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee) – Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a common knee condition characterized by pain around the kneecap (patella), particularly during activities that involve bending or weight-bearing on the knee. It is often associated with overuse, muscle imbalances, or biomechanical issues that result in abnormal tracking of the patella. Symptoms of patellofemoral pain syndrome may include dull, aching pain around the kneecap, pain with activities such as running, jumping, or climbing stairs, and swelling or tenderness around the knee joint.

These are just a few examples of common knee injuries, and there are many other conditions and injuries that can affect the knee joint. It’s important to seek medical evaluation by a healthcare professional if you experience persistent knee pain, swelling, instability, or limited range of motion, as prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for optimal recovery and long-term joint health.