Knee pain leads to more than half a million physicians visits per year! Wear and tear contributing to osteoarthritis, ligamentous injuries and muscular imbalances are some of the many causes.

Select your pain point below to read about the condition that is ailing you.

LCL Tear

LCL Tear – The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) connecting the thigh bone (femur) to the other bone (fibula) in the lower portion of the leg and stabilizes the outer side, has torn.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tears include:

  • Bruising
  • Instability
Causes

The most common causes of Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tears include a strong force/blow to the inside of the knee.

Treatment

Collateral Ligament Knee Bracing

Braces return stability to the inside and outside of the knee. Braces prevent buckling, reduce pain and protect from further injury to the ligaments. They provide enough stability to return an individual to their activities of daily living with a greater sense of security.

Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgood Schlatters Disease – A common condition occurring in 10-12 year old females as well as boys between the ages of 13-15 years. The condition involves traction on an area of growth(growth plate) just below the knee cap leading to pain.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with Osgood Schlatters Disease include:

  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Limping
Causes

The most common causes of Osgood Schlatters Disease include:

  • High levels of activity.
  • Rapid growth.
  • Repetitive jumping.
  • Abrupt start and stopping activities.
Treatment

The condition will often cease to be a problem once the growth plate closes. Children are often recommended relative rest. Essentially, this means a decrease in activity relative to the child’s typical activity level. Additionally, ice and stretching can be helpful. A small patellar strap placed just above the patellar tendon along with wearing orthotic insoles can also provide relief during the times in which the child is active.

Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral Pain – It is often described as a gradual onset of pain in the front of the knee cap. The pain is caused by improper tracking and abnormal movement of the knee cap over the bone below.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with Patellofemoral Pain include:

  • Pain at the front of the knee or behind the kneecap (patella)
  • Spasms in the leg
  • Grinding feeling or noise when the knee moves (crepitus)
Causes

The most common causes of Patellofemoral Pain include:

  • Combination of an alignment problem
  • Weak hip muscles
  • Flat feetAbrupt start and stopping activities.
Treatment
  • Arch supportive orthotics are recommended to be worn.
  • Anti-inflammatory painkillers.
  • Physiotherapy to improve the strength of muscles around the knee and hip.
  • Tapping the kneecap (patella) may reduce the pain.