Sports Injury Spotlight: ACL Injuries

Unfortunately, knee injuries are common in athletes playing high demand sports: activities like football, soccer, or basketball. They most consistently occur when athletes land a jump incorrectly, rapidly change direction, or suddenly start and stop when running. One knee injury seen quite is a sprain or tear in the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL. There are three bones that meet … Read More

5 Exercises for Knee Pain

Suffering from knee pain? It may seem counterintuitive, but performing knee exercises will help alleviate pain and prevent future injuries. Certain exercises will help strengthen the muscles that surround the knee, reducing the amount of stress placed on the knee joint itself. Try 10 to 12 repetitions of the following exercises 2 to 3 times per week. Try not to … Read More

Overuse Injuries in Football Players

Fall is just around the corner and with this cooler weather comes one of America’s most popular sports: football. As more and more young athletes participate in this sport, an increasing number of football-related injuries are sustained. While traumatic injuries and concussions occur most often, overuse injuries are also extremely prevalent in football players. These develop slowly over time due … Read More

Joint Pain? Try Yoga.

While often associated only with spiritual discipline, yoga has become a popular form of both mental and physical wellness. If you suffer from joint pain and aches, yoga may provide the relief you’re looking for. In a study from Duke University Medical Center, yoga was found to be effective in treating chronic pain due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, carpal … Read More

Anterior Knee Pain in Athletes: Lateral Patellar Tracking

Patellar tracking disorder occurs when the kneecap (patella) shifts out of place as the leg bends or straightens. The kneecap is usually held in place by tendons on the top and bottom and by ligaments on the sides. A layer of cartilage lines the underside of the kneecap, helping it move smoothly in a groove in your thighbone. There are … Read More

Anterior Knee Pain in Athletes: Hoffa’s Fat Pad Syndrome

The infrapatellar fat pad is soft tissue that lies beneath the kneecap. Following a direct injury to the knee, this pad can become impinged between the distal thigh bone and the kneecap resulting in a painful and sensitive joint. The knee pain is usually worsened by extending the knee joint. Athletes who participate in contact sports are susceptible to this … Read More

Anterior Knee Pain in Athletes: Plica Syndrome

The plica is a fold of joint lining tissue that is left over from early development. During embryologic development, bands of tissue divide your knee into joints and these bands often remain in your joints as you develop and grow. Trauma to the knee, either directly or from overuse can cause these bands to become thick and inflamed. This results … Read More

Do Your Knees Hurt During or After Driving?

Experiencing knee pain during and immediately following driving is a common problem especially on long trips or in stop-and-go traffic. If that pain is located at the front of your knee under your kneecaps, you may be suffering from chondromalacia patellae (also known as CMP). This condition is characterized by the degradation of the protective cartilage that sits under your … Read More

Anterior Knee Pain in Athletes: Osgood Schlatter Disease

Anterior knee pain is a common affliction in people of all ages and particularly athletes, who are more prone to injury from repetitive motions such as jumping, quickly changing directions, and bending the knee. This is the first in a series of posts that will examine some common causes of anterior knee pain. Each post will describe causes, symptoms and … Read More