Do knee injuries from playing sports happen only to professional athletes?

Unfortunately, knee injuries during sports can happen to anyone. A casual game of soccer can turn into a painful and debilitating injury for someone whose body is unprepared for athletics. Knee injuries can happen during an impromptu volleyball game at your company picnic, when your are heading out to the ski slopes on your first free weekend in a while, or even while playing a game of catch with your children.

How much physical therapy will I need after the ACL reconstruction?

One of the main priorities after ACL reconstruction is to regain the knee range of motion. This along with establishing a good strengthening program is usually best done two to three times per week for the first four to six weeks. Because many insurance policies will not cover this many visits to the therapist, an independent home program may need to be instructed earlier. Compliance in performing the exercises in and out of the clinic is the key.

I like to snow and water ski. Can I still do these activities after ACL reconstruction?

Unless the surgeon advises otherwise, most people return to enjoying both of these sports with the use of a brace. However, remember every individual injury is different. Following the recommendations of the surgeon is of utmost importance

Putting It All Together

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to arthroscopy of the knee.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows an orthopedic surgeon to see and operate inside a joint using a device called an arthroscope. The arthroscope is inserted through small incisions in the skin and has a tiny camera at the end.
Arthroscopy is able to deal effectively with a number of problems in the knee joint, including meniscal injury, ligament injury, loose bodies within the knee, chondromalacia of the patella, and osteoarthritis.
In most cases, arthroscopic surgery is done on an outpatient basis, allowing you to go home a few hours after surgery.
After surgery, you may need to use crutches for some time to avoid putting weight on the knee.
Appropriate exercises can help strengthen your knee and speed your recovery.

Here are definitions of medical terms related to arthroscopy of the knee.

Menisci: cresent-shaped piece of tissue found in the knee joint.
Ligament: fiborus bands that hold bones together in the joint region.
Knee Joint: the juncture of the point of the femur and tibia.

My doctor told me I've injured my cruciate ligament. Does this mean I have to have surgery?

Not all cruciate ligament injuries need to be reconstructed. You need to discuss with your doctor your lifestyle and level of activity. If you have a sedentary-type job and are not active in your leisure time, you may not require surgery.



What types of knee problems can arthroscopy help?

Arthroscopy may help relieve problems of persistent pain, catching, or swelling in your knee due to meniscal tears, cruciate ligament injuries or loose bodies in the knee.

What's the advantage to having local instead of general anesthesia?

While the risk of problems with any type of anesthesia is small, there are fewer risks associated with local anesthesia than with general. In addition, local anesthesia is less expensive than general, and recovery in most cases is quicker.

Why is my knee prone to injury?

There are many soft tissue components to the knee, making it vulnerable for various types of injuries. The knee is the largest joint in the body, and one of the most easily injured.