Knee pain is one of the most common complaints at Mend Clinic, the leading Salem ER alternative for orthopedic urgent care. The knee carries a lot of weight, is depended upon to absorb a lot of shock, and the odds of a knee injury increase with age. Sports injuries are especially linked to knee pain. Learn more about types of orthopedic injuries we treat, read reviews, and see why patients choose Mend Clinic as their ER alternative in Salem, Oregon. Book your appointment online, walk-in, or call (971) 204-8410.
A knee sprain happens when a ligament is overstretched, and it can be a precursor to a torn ligament. Ligaments connect bone to bone, and the patella (kneecap) shields the knee and is one of the few irregular bones in the body. The knee is also comprised of the femur, fibula, and tibia.
Knee sprains are graded and ranked as I, II, or III. The third is the most severe and may require surgery. All sprains can cause pain, swelling, and limit mobility, but severe knee sprains might be coupled with popping sounds when the injury occurs, a sense of “buckling,” and bruising. Sports activities can cause knee sprains, including squats and any type of cardio that twists or puts a severe impact on the knee.
A common injury, patellar tendinitis happens when the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia) is damaged. Tendonitis can be a repetitive stress injury or caused by a sudden traumatic event. Patellar tendonitis is especially common in athletes and as a sports injury, however anyone can suffer from this painful condition. Basketball and volleyball players are especially prone, and patellar tendonitis is sometimes called “jumper’s knee” for this reason.
Other factors that might lead to or exacerbate patellar tendonitis include having tight or uneven leg muscles, misalignment in the legs/feet, wearing ill-fitting shoes, chronic diseases, obesity, and spending a lot of time kneeling on hard surfaces. Fortunately, tendonitis, when caught early, can often be treated. However, going without treatment can lead to other conditions and chronic tendonitis.
Around the knee joint are little sacs full of fluid called bursas. They’re in charge of minimizing friction between the bones and within tendons while providing a little extra cushion to the knee. However, when the bursa gets inflamed, it becomes knee bursitis. It most commonly happens on the side of the knee, on top of the patella, or behind the knee joint.
Knee bursitis severity can vary greatly, and can also limit mobility. The knee area might be tender, swollen, and warm to the touch. Knee bursitis can be caused by blunt force trauma or repetitive injuries from kneeling on hard surfaces. Sports injuries and work-related injuries may include knee bursitis, particularly in jobs such as construction where kneeling is required. In severe cases, knee bursitis can become an infection, which is why it’s important to book an online appointment with your Salem ER alternative orthopedic care clinic immediately.
The patella, or kneecap, is capable of being broken or fractured just like any other bone in the body. However, a patellar fracture is usually extremely painful and caused by blunt force trauma, such as a direct hit on the kneecap. The severity of the patellar fracture can vary greatly, ranging from a hairline fracture to a complete shattering of the bone. Surgery may or may not be required, and a patellar fracture is often coupled with a quadriceps tendon tear or damage.
Usually, “knee fracture” is used interchangeably with “patellar fracture.” The patella and kneecap are the same, irregular bone. However, the knee joint is also made up of the femur (thigh bone), fibula, and tibia (bones in the lower leg). A knee fracture may refer to a break in one of these bones, but most often these leg breaks will be referred to as a “femur fracture,” “fibula fracture,” or “tibia fracture.”
Ligaments are thick, connective tissue that marry bone to bone (tendons connect muscle to bone). Ligaments are found throughout the body, including in the legs. Ligaments are especially prevalent in the knee, ankle, and foot. Ligament injuries can include a sprain, when the ligament is inflamed, or a tear. Torn ligaments are much more painful, serious, and can take longer to heal. If you suspect a ligament injury, it’s important to see a doctor immediately to avoid worsening the problem.