Many people involved in some kind of athletic activity know the wear and constant use of your knees and joints can sometimes result in injury or pain. There are several ways to injure your knees. According to Dr. Cesar Roca, Jr., MD of Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic, Knee injuries are generally caused by direct trauma and/or repetitive overuse.
Some of these different knee injuries can include damage to the articular cartilage, meniscus cartilage, collateral cartilage or cruciate cartilage. Cartilage is a thin, elastic tissue that protects the bone and makes certain that the joint surfaces can slide easily over each other. Cartilage ensures supple knee movement.
Ways to prevent injury to your knees is through strength conditioning, work and sports safety as well as proper sports techniques. If you do happen to have a slight injury you could try some conservative treatments. Active rest, the RICE treatment, or Physical Therapy. However, if you think you have an injury be sure to seek an evaluation as soon as you can.
There are also surgical treatments of knee injuries to fix the areas of your knee. AOC and Dr. Roca can help you determine if you are in need of surgery or not.
Dr. Roca specializes in Sports Medicine and Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy at the Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic. To read his full bio, click here.
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