Fast Facts About the Common Sports-Related Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are extremely common in athletes. In order to treat the cause of the knee pain it is important to have an evaluation and proper diagnosis. In 2003, patients made approximately 19.4 million visits to physicians’ offices because of knee problems. It was the most common reason for visiting an orthopaedic surgeon. Many knee injuries may be successfully treated without surgery, while others require surgery to correct. Joint surgeries like the knee and hip replacement surgeries are among the most risky medical procedures. Defective prostheses device, like the recalled Stryker hip replacement system, is one of the problems of these procedures.

The knee is a joint, which means it sits between the area where bones connect. It is actually the largest joint in the body. The knees provide stability and flexibility for the body and allow the legs to bend, swivel, and straighten.

Because of its complex structure and weight-bearing capacity, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. More than 5.5 million people visit orthopaedic surgeons for knee problems each year. Knee injuries may range from mild to severe. Some of the knee injuries are less severe, yet still painful and functionally limiting. Knee injuries may result from a blow to or twist of the knee; from improper landing after a jump; or from running too hard, too much, or without proper warm-up. Below is a list of the most common knee injuries:

Meniscal Tears
Fractures and Dislocations
Cartilage Injuries
Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Patellar Dislocation

For more serious knee injuries, physicians may recommend a patient to see an orthopedic surgeon, a doctor specially trained in the care of bone and joint diseases. Orthopedists take care of many kinds of knee injuries, especially those involving sports and different types of accidents. He or she will know how to treat the injury and follow progress as it heals. Doctors and patients should watch out for flawed medical devices like the earlier mentioned hip replacement system of Stryker Orthopaedics Inc. To date, a number of affected patients have been pursuing lawsuits against the company.

 The Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit Center at features informative articles about the updates on the lawsuits lodged by the affected patients of the recalled Stryker hip replacement devices.

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