The knee joint is a very complex joint. It is a common cause of pain for all people of all ages. There are many causes of knee pain ranging from acute/traumatic injuries to chronic wear and tear of the joint. This article will briefly discuss some of the more common causes of knee pain that may require orthopedic evaluation. Ligamentous Injury The knee is made up of many different structures. The ligamentous structures include the ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL. These structures help keep the knee structurally stable and help it function properly. These ligamentous structures are commonly injured due to high impact injuries. They are very common in athletes, but can also occur in any age group from falls, motor vehicle accidents, etc. These injuries can range anywhere from mild sprains to complete tears and are treated according to complexity. Depending on the structure that is injured, the location of the pain can vary. Quite often, conservative treatment, including rest, ice, elevation, physical therapy and/or bracing, will help these types of injuries. Occasionally surgical intervention is required if there is a complete tear of one of the above structures. Meniscus Tear The menisci are 2 c-shaped structures that act […]
Chronic pain – the type of pain that can stay with us for months, years, and even decades – effects most Americans at some point in their lives. And chronic pain does not discriminate. Athletes, desk jockeys, and even stay-at-home parents can all experience this type of pain. For example, basketball players who are constantly lifting their arms overhead may experience chronic shoulder pain, while employees who sit at a desk all day may suffer from constant back pain, and soccer moms who drive all over kingdom come may endure lingering knee pain. But why? Why does this pain occur, and why does this pain persist and haunt us? Sometimes it’s a structural issue, and if that’s the case, we’re here to help. But more often than not, chronic pain stems from muscle imbalance. You see, our muscles move our bodies by contracting and relaxing. For instance, if I want to bring a glass of water to my lips, my biceps muscles will contract and my triceps muscles will relax. The result is my arm bending at the elbow and the glass of water coming closer to my lips. The opposite is true as well. When I want to place […]
Rotator cuff injuries don’t just happen to athletes. They’re a common – and potentially life-changing – problem for adults of all ages. A rotator cuff injury may start as a dull ache in your shoulder, but it can quickly progress into a painful, hard-to-heal problem affecting your sleep and limiting your daily activity. Join Spiro N. Papas, MD, UPMC Orthopaedic Care, Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates-UPMC, in a discussion about the latest advancements and treatment options available for rotator cuff repair and shoulder replacement. Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 5 p.m. – Free screenings and light refreshments 6 p.m. – Presentation UPMC St. Margaret Conference Centers A, B, and C 815 Freeport Road Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Reservations are required. Call 1-866-939-RSVP (7787), or visit UPMC.com/Classes. Free health screenings. Parking will be validated.