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Injury Definitions

Knee Injuries

The knee joint is often described as the largest and most complex joint in the human body. It is also one of the more frequently injured, and most difficult to evaluate. Knee injuries typically occur during movements when the structure of the joint cannot support the stress placed upon it. Injury to the knee can damage any number of structures including bone, cartilage (support tissue for the joint), ligaments (connections of bone to bone), tendons (connections of muscle to bone, and the bursa (fluid-filled sacs for cushion during joint motion). Injury or trauma to the knee can damage any of these structures. Even without damage, one can get inflammation in response to the trauma, causing pain and swelling. Injuries may result in strains, sprains, ruptures, fractures, dislocations, tears or inflammation. Some injuries only require rest, icing, compression and elevation to heal. More severe injuries to the knee require surgical intervention including a total knee replacement. A total knee replacement does not last forever. If the replacement wears out a total knee revision will be required.
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