A sudden twisting action or trauma may sometimes lead to an acute knee injury. Treatment is essential to prevent the acute knee injury from progressing to chronic or more complex knee injuries. Board certified orthopedic surgeons at Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute provide treatments for acute knee injuries to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada, and surrounding communities in The Sagebrush State.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury or ACL may commonly occur in contact sports. ACL tears often occur along with damage to other structures within the knee, such as the cartilage or collateral ligaments.
Hamstring Tendon Rupture
If the hamstring tendons insert into the back of the knee, it can cause a full or partial rupture of the tendons.
Medial Ligament Sprain
A medial ligament sprain or MCL injury involves torn ligament inside the knee, often due to direct impact or a twist. These injuries can occur in contact sports as well as in everyday life through falls and twists of the knee joint.
Lateral Knee Ligament Sprain
This involves a knee ligament tear on the outside of the knee. The most likely cause is a direct blow to the inside of the knee.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
The posterior cruciate ligament is vital to provide stability to the knee and prevent it from bending back the wrong way.
This refers to a bruised knee, which may occur due to a fall directly onto the knee or something hard hitting the knee. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the bruise.
Medial Meniscus Tear
A torn meniscus is a tear to the semi circular cartilage in the knee joint. This injury commonly occurs through direct impact in contact sports or twisting. Severe tears may require surgery.
The unhappy triad of the knee refers to a severe injury involving damage to three of the four major knee ligaments.
Coronary Ligament Sprain
The symptoms of this injury are similar to that of cartilage meniscus injury. The symptoms often occur in conjunction with lateral ligament injuries.
Biceps Femoris Tendon Avulsion
The Biceps Femoris is one of the three hamstring muscles. A fracture involves the tendon pulling away from the bone.
Acute Patella Injury
An injury to the kneecap or patella from a fall onto the knee or a direct blow may cause this condition. Sometimes a fracture of the patella may also occur.
Osteochondral Knee Fracture
An Osteochondral knee fracture involves a tear of the cartilage which covers the end of a bone within a joint. This injury typically occurs in association with other injuries such as ACL tears.
If an injury or damage occurs to one of the four ligaments that support the knee, it is called a knee sprain.
Articular Cartilage Injury
Damage to the cartilage that lines the bone ends is known as an articular cartilage injury.
When the femur or thigh bone and the tibia or shin bone are moved apart, it called a dislocated knee.
The patella can dislocate outside of its normal position, usually round the outside of the knee.
Sagacious, stellar, and board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Thomas and Dr. Gregory Bigler receive patients from Las Vegas, Nevada and nearby areas for treatment of knee injuries.
If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about the Knee and Shoulder Institute procedures & treatments performed by Las Vegas, Nevada board certified surgeons Steven C. Thomas, MD and Gregory T. Bigler, MD. call (702) 933-9393; Physical Therapy (702) 933-9393.