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Healthy Knees: Stay Active at any Age

Healthy Knees: Stay Active at any Age

The knee is the largest and most essential joint in the body. It may also be the most susceptible to injury and wear over time. No matter what your age or athletic ability, it’s in everyone’s best interest to protect their knees. Why? Pain-free knees help ensure a person’s ultimate ability to move freely throughout their lifetime.

How Does the Knee Work?

The knee acts as a bony hinge between the three bones in the upper and lower leg bones. Tough elastic cartilage covers the knee joint, connective tissue discs called menisci act as shock absorbers between the bones, and groups of muscles, tendons, and ligaments bind the structure together.

The knee interacts with quadriceps on the front of the thigh and hamstrings stretching along the back of the thigh. These mus cles ensure your capacity to bend and straighten the knees. A healthy knee also depends on these essential ligaments:

Top Causes of Knee Pain

Not surprisingly, these ligaments factor into some of the most common types of sports injuries. They are by no means the only source of knees pain, however. Arthritis is the biggest culprit.

A list of common knee conditions includes:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • ACL injury
  • Meniscus tear
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Knee fracture
  • Shin splints
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Iliotibial band syndrome

Physicians trained to provide comprehensive medical treatment for bones, joints, ligaments and tendons – the entire musculoskeletal system – are known as orthopedic specialists. Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington provides a facility where orthopedic surgeons, general orthopedics, sports medicine doctors, and other specialists can focus on treating knee pain.

These orthopedic specialists use advanced diagnostic imaging tools (such as MRI, digital fluoroscopy, arthrograms, and myelograms) to assess the knee, then determine the next step. Knee doctors can offer a comprehensive knee treatment plan including pain management, physical therapy, injections, rehabilitation programs, minimally invasive arthroscopic knee surgery, knee replacement surgery, and more.

For a traumatic knee injury, patients may visit the 24-hour orthopedic emergency department at Baylor Scott & White – Arlington. To set up an appointment with an orthopedic knee specialist, call 855-41-ORTHO.