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St. Mary's Center for Orthopaedics


ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries

What is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)? The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) may be the most important ligament in the knee. Ligaments are strong non-elastic fibers that connect our bones together. The ACL, which is located in …
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Arthritis of the Knee

What is Arthritis of the Knee? Arthritis in the knee is a condition that occurs when degenerative changes develop in the cartilage that lines the knee joint. This condition, which is more commonly seen in women, …
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Avascular Necrosis

What is Avascular Necrosis? Avascular necrosis is a disease resulting from the temporary or permanent loss of the blood supply to the bones. This can ultimately cause weakening and collapse of the bone. Although it can …
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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops in a vein deep in the body. Deep veins are found within groups of muscles. The veins close to the skin …
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Discoid Meniscus

What is a Discoid Meniscus? A discoid meniscus is an abnormally shaped meniscus in the knee. It is more prone to injury than a normally shaped meniscus. Some people with discoid meniscus may go through their entire …
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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)? Iliotibial band syndrome, or ITBS, is due to inflammation of the iliotibial band, a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs down the outside of the leg. The iliotibial band …
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Implants for the Knee

What are Knee Replacement Implants? Knee replacement, or knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain and disability. It is most commonly performed for …
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Medial Collateral Ligament Injuries

What is the Medial Collateral Ligament? The knee is the largest joint in your body and one of the most complex. It is also vital to movement.  Your knee ligaments connect your thighbone to your lower …
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Meniscus Tears

What is a torn meniscus? The ends of the three bones in the knee - the femur, tibia, and patella - are covered with cartilage (a smooth material that covers bone ends of a joint to …
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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease? Osgood-Schlatter disease is an overuse condition or injury of the knee that causes pain and swelling below the knee area over the shin bone. It is characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon …
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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)

What is runner's knee? Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition characterized by dull pain around the front of the knee (patella), where it connects with the lower end of the thigh …
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