Sports Injury – Allen, TX
Dr. Morgan is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving the community of Allen, TX. He provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of sports injuries to the knee joint such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, strains, ligament tears etc.

Sports Injuries of the Knee

The knee is the largest joint in the human body and facilitates all lower body movements. It is most susceptible to injury in case of sportsperson and athletes. The knee joint connects the thigh bone (femur), lower leg bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). These are further joined by ligaments and tendons while the cartilage discs (meniscus) provide cushioned support and allow the bones to glide smoothly against each other. The four most important ligaments are the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). A jump, a sudden fall, direct hit to the knee or twisting can damage any of the above mentioned components of the knee joint may lead to an injury.

The various types of knee injuries observed in sportsperson are listed below:

  • Sprains & Strains- These are the most commonly occurring sports injuries which result from hyperextension and overuse. Sprains refer to the stretching or tearing of ligaments while strains affect the muscles and tendons.
  • Bursitis: In this condition, bursa i.e. the fluid filled sacs in the knee get inflamed causing inflammation and pain.
  • Jumper’s Knee: It is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that joins the knee cap (patella) and the quadriceps muscles.
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS): The cartilage lying under the knee cap may get softened leading to weakness of muscles and affects the movement of the patella as well as the femur.
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease: The condition causes inflammation of the tendon that connects the patella and the tibia.
  • Knee Dislocation: The injury occurs with the partial or complete displacement of bones in the knee joint. The femur, tibia or the patella may be dislocated during contact sports.
  • Meniscus Tears: Sudden twisting of the knee during games like hockey, soccer and football may easily tear the protective cartilage discs.
  • Tendon Tear: The Patellar or Quadriceps Tendon tear are a common injury that affects sportsperson due to a jump, fall or a direct hit.
  • Fractures: One or more bones of the knee joint may be completely broken or develop a crack due to a sports accident. The method of treatment adopted may vary from conservative to surgical depending upon the severity of the fracture. The patella is observed to be the most vulnerable bone in case of fractures.
  • ACL Tear: Partial or complete tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament which connects the thigh bone and the shin bone occurs due to forced twisting, direct collision or an abrupt stop while running.
  • PCL Tear: Partial or complete tearing of the posterior cruciate ligament which is found at the back of the knee joint and controls the backward motion of the shin bone is a sports injury and can have limiting effects.

For comprehensive treatment of sports injuries, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Allen, TX, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995.