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Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are typically caused by twisting or bending while force is applied to the knee, or high-impact trauma such as contact sports, falls, or accidents. Most knee injuries include some type of fracture, dislocation, sprain, or ligament tear.

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Do I Have a Knee Injury?

The knee joint is made up of bones, cartilage, and ligaments, which are surrounded by ligaments, tendons, and fluid-filled sacs called bursae. A knee injury occurs when any of those parts that make up the knee are affected. While there are many types of knee injuries, some are more common than others.

The most common knee injuries treated at Texas Ortho Center are:

  • Torn meniscus
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Cartilage injury
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injury
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) injury
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) injury
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) tears
  • Posterolateral Corner (PLC) injury
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Patellar tendon tears
  • Patella fractures
  • Quadriceps tendon tears


Find out if you’re experiencing symptoms related to a specific knee injury listed above by taking our free assessment below.

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How Are Knee Injuries Treated?

Not all knee pain is serious, but having a knee injury—even a minor one—makes it more likely that you’ll have similar injuries in the future.

While minor injuries may respond well to self-care measures or more conservative treatments such as injections and physical therapy, however, some injuries require surgical repair.

If you are experiencing any of the following, it may be time to seek medical treatment:

  • Can’t bear weight on your knee
  • Instability or you knee “gives out”
  • Severe pain that is associated with an injury
  • Are unable to fully extend or flex your knee
  • See an obvious deformity in your leg or knee
  • Indication of infection including fever and chills combined with redness, pain, and swelling

If you have suffered a knee injury, treatment options may vary depending on your unique condition. To find out if you’re a candidate for treatment at Texas Ortho Center, please contact our Patient Advocates.

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