Knee Injuries and Conditions

Knee Injuries and Conditions, Figure 1
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The knees provide stable support for the body. They also allow the legs to bend and straighten. Both flexibility and stability are needed to stand, walk, run, crouch, jump, and turn. Men, women, and children can have knee problems. They occur in people of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

Knee injuries can occur from a direct blow or sudden movements that strain the knee, or inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) causing wear and tear on its parts.

The best-known knee injury is a tear of the ACL. This can cause knee instability and needs to be repaired when ongoing problems exist since the ligament cannot heal itself. Other common knee problems involve the cartilage of the kneecap, ligament and tendon injuries and other disorders.

The UConn Musculoskeletal Institute offers a comprehensive approach to knee problems – from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and recovery, including ligament and meniscal repairs, cartilage replacement and total knee replacement surgery.

Conditions and Treatments


Steven's Story

Steven Russotto is not the type of guy who likes sitting on the sidelines. But a serious knee injury threatened to end his softball career and curtail the coaching of his two young sons in youth sports.