Blog Posts for Knee

The North Florida Bone & Joint Specialists blog provides the latest information on orthopaedic conditions, injuries and procedures.

Youth Sports Injuries

Youth sports participation promotes physical health and leadership skills and is a positive outlet for children within our communities. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.5 million youth sports injuries occur each year in the U.S. Of those injuries, one in three participants seeks medical attention, resulting in lost sports and school time. Fortunately, the CDC also concluded that more than 50 percent of these injuries are preventable.

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Adult Reconstruction & Joint Replacement

As a subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery, Adult Reconstruction includes the in-depth study, prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions caused by various diseases and disorders using innovative surgical and non-surgical intervention. At North Florida Bone & Joint Specialists, our expert subspecialist, Dr. Brett Smith, focuses on the care of knee and hip arthritis and other disorders related to the knee and hip.

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Knee Pain in Young Athletes: How to Prevent, Evaluate, and Manage

Encouraging our youth to participate in athletics instills a sense of self-confidence, comradery, and communication at a young age, however, many are concerned about injuries that can accompany playing sports. Unfortunately, injuries are sometimes unavoidable, however, there are steps that can be taken to prevent injury occurrence and properly evaluate and manage once an injury has occurred.

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ACL Injuries FAQs

Estimations indicate that each year in the United States 200,000 ACL tears occur, with a majority of those tears requiring reconstructive surgery. Furthermore, about half of those ACL tears are accompanied by a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage that acts as the shock absorber between the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone), and/or injuries to other ligaments. Common symptoms of a torn ACL include knee instability, swelling, and pain.

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Knee Replacement Alternatives

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. As people are developing the loss of cartilage in their knees, the joints start seeing a lot more stress. This comes from the “bone on bone” changes that are occurring. As the bones see more stress, we often start seeing what are called “insufficiency fractures” or bone bruises on MRI scans.

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