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1.  Knee Pain
Knee pain is a frequent ailment that can be experienced by older adults, young adults, and children. This type of body pain may take place immediately after an injury, or it may appear as an extension of a chroni...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
2.  Meniscus Tear of the Knee
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your thighbone (femur) and shinbone (tibia). There are two menisci in each knee joint. They can be damaged or torn during activities that put pressur...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Ecchymosis
  • Chronic pain
  • Bruises
  • Joint tenderness
3.  Runner's Knee
Runner's knee is the common term used to describe any one of several conditions that cause pain around the kneecap (patella). These conditions include: anterior knee pain syndrome, patellofemoral malalignment...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Knee stiff
  • Chronic pain
  • Joint grating with motion
  • Pain
4.  Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is an injury to the ligament in your knee that keeps your shinbone from sliding forward. The ACL stabilizes your knee, and tearing it either partially or completely can caus...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Ecchymosis
  • Bruises
  • Knee stiff
  • Clicking knee
5.  Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is the strongest ligament in the knee joint. Ligaments are thick, strong bands of tissue that connect bone to bone. The PCL runs along the back of the knee joint from the bottom o...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Ecchymosis
  • Knee stiff
  • Bruises
  • Chronic pain
6.  Medial Collateral Ligament Injury of the Knee (MCL Tear)
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is located on the inside of the knee. Ligaments hold bones together; the MCL connects the top of the shinbone (tibia) to the bottom of the thighbone (femur). Ligaments also ad...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Knee stiff
  • Clicking knee
  • Ecchymosis
7.  Dislocations
A dislocation occurs when the bones that are usually be connected at a joint separate. You can dislocate a variety of different joints in your body, including your knee, hip, ankle, or shoulder. Since a dislocatio...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Chronic pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Ankle pain
8.  Sprains & Strains
Sprain refers to damage or tearing of ligaments or a joint capsule. Strain refers to damage or tearing of a muscle.
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Knee stiff
  • Body ache
  • Swollen feet
  • Swollen ankle
9.  Fracture
A fracture is a broken bone. It can range from a thin crack to a complete break. A bone can fracture crosswise, lengthwise, in several places, or many pieces.
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Joint swelling
  • Bow legged
  • Shin pain
  • Shoulder pain
10.  Sports Injuries
Learn about common injuries that occur in the major regions of the body when playing sports, including concussions, neck strain, torn rotator cuffs, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, wrist sprains, back pain, hip injuries...
Symptoms:
  • Knee pain
  • Puncture wound
  • Limited joint mobility
  • General weakness
  • Chronic pain
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