Collateral Ligament Injuries

The human knee has four major ligaments that contribute to its stability. The collateral ligaments are the ones on the left and right sides of each of your knees. The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) can be found on the outside of the knee. It connects your femur (thigh bone) to your fibula (the smaller bone in the lower leg). The medial collateral ligament (MCL) can be found on the inside of the knee. It connects the femur to the tibia (the larger bone in the lower leg).

The cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL) that are found inside the knee joint are much better known because they are injured more frequently than the collateral ligaments. However, injuries to the collateral ligaments are still quite serious and should be treated by your physician. LCL injuries and MCL injuries are typically caused by blunt trauma to the knee that pushes it sideways. This is especially common during contact sports such as football and soccer.

If you experience pain and swelling in your knee, especially after physical activity, contact your doctor to check for ligament injuries and proper diagnosis.

Rotator Cuff Tears and Treatment

The rotator cuff is an important joint in your shoulder that helps control movement in your arm. It has the largest range of motion of any of the joints in your body, and can be injured due to traumatic force or through years of use. Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy helps explain rotator cuff tears and treatment. Here’s an excerpt:

So you have a sore, painful shoulder and you’ve been told it’s a rotator cuff tear. But what does that mean? How do you treat a torn rotator cuff muscle? How do you know if your rotator cuff is torn? Let’s start with the basics…

What is a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a very common injury affecting one (or more) of four different muscles in the shoulder. A tear can be partial or complete and can sometimes involve retraction of the tissue. Rotator cuff tears can be painful but they don’t have to be. They can often be associated with a traumatic event…but they don’t have to be! Rotator cuff tears can occur after years and years of use and are much more common in those people over 60.

Check out the full article and learn more about rotator cuff tears. Rotator cuff tears can severely impede your everyday living. If you’ve been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, your doctor may recommend a shoulder brace for rotator cuff tears.

Injuries to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.

When I first hurt my knee, my family physician thought it may be a PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) injury because of the way my kneecap was moving. I had often heard of an ACL tear, but I didn’t know much about the PCL. Here are some of the things I discovered:

  • The PCL is located in the middle of the knee right next to the ACL, also known as the anterior cruciate ligament.
  • The PCL is not as well known as the ACL because it is not injured as frequently, but it’s still very important to the stability of your knee.
  • The PCL is much harder to operate on, so surgery is not always recommended. It really depends on how unstable your knee is and how badly you’ve torn the ligament.

You can learn more about PCL Injuries here, and as always, please consult your physician if you have injured your knee. It’s such an important part of our anatomy, so stay healthy!

What is Osgood Schlatter Disease?

One of the most common reasons for knee pain in adolescents is Osgood Schlatter Disease. It’s more of a condition than a disease. As teenagers go through growth spurts, physical activity can cause friction on their bones as they’re growing. Osgood Schatter’s occurs when the shin bone rubs against the kneecap.

Luckily, Osgood Schlatter’s syndrome usually does not persist in to adulthood. Pain usually goes away after a few weeks. Patients can wear a knee strap or knee brace for Osgood Schatter’s which may help pain from returning. Here are a few that we recommend:

The Top Knee Braces for Meniscus Tears

A few days ago we shared an article that explained meniscus tears. One of the key factors in the recovery of a torn meniscus is wearing a knee brace. A meniscus knee brace can help support the knee and provide stability as its healing, or it can be used to prevent further injury and tearing to the cartilage.

The best knee brace for meniscus tears is the DonJoy Armor Knee Brace with FourcePoint Hinge. It provides maximum support for your meniscus and knee ligaments, especially during contact sports and rigorous activity. In fact, the technology used in the FourcePoint hinge is proven to reduce your chances of injury.

If you’re looking for a meniscus tear knee brace for daily wear, check out the DonJoy 4Titude Knee Brace. It reduces strain on your knee ligaments and meniscus, which helps alleviate pain from the knee. The DonJoy 4Titude is ideal for getting back into the daily groove, because the brace is lightweight and allows for natural leg movement. You’ll barely know it’s there as you go about your daily activities

If you’re considering a meniscus knee brace, learn more about the DonJoy Armor FourcePoint and the DonJoy 4Titude. They’re both great for helping prevent a torn meniscus too!