Arthritis -- a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints -- is actually a very complex set of musculoskeletal disorders. In fact, there are more than 80 forms of arthritis, several of which affect the knee.
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Knee problems are very common, and anyone can have them. Mechanical knee problems are caused by a direct blow or sudden movement that strains the knee, or osteoarthritis in the knee, resulting from wear and tear on the parts. Inflammatory knee problems can result from certain rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosis (lupus). These diseases cause swelling that can damage the knees permanently.
Our success with eliminating our patients' knee pain results from our multidisciplinary approach of including all areas that are involved in your care to develop a treatment plan just for you.
The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee. A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that happens when one or more of the fibrocartilage strips in the knee (called menisci) is stretched or torn. Meniscus tears can happen during sports or even during simple daily activities such as walking or lifting something heavy. They are usually caused by twisting or turning quickly.
Partial PCL tears and some isolated complete tears can be treated without surgery. This can only be determined during an examination by an experienced physician. You should know and consider the short- and long-term consequences of your options.
Michigan Medicine sports medicine physicians serve athletes and active patients with orthopaedic-related injuries and conditions of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle. We provide complete orthopaedic care to athletes of all interests, levels and ages.