Knee Trauma



The knee is the largest joint in the human body.

It is surrounded and supported by the strongest muscles in the human body.

There are approximately 20 million visits per year to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for knee injuries.

These injuries are the most common reasons people see an orthopedic surgeon.

Among the various possibilities the most common knee problems are ligamentous injuries.

Knee injuries account for approximately 25% of all alpine ski injuries.

They are the second most common work-related injury, second only to back pain.


November/December 2011 ISSN-1059-6518


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September/October 2011 ISSN-1059-6518 Volume 24 Number 5

Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon

Every once and awhile an injury occurs that was either so painful or unusual that it demands a brief article to describe the principles of management. This time it is a case of a ruptured quadriceps tendon that was extremely painful, completely immobilizing, required surgery, and took more than 6 months for recovery.

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