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The knees sustain a considerable amount of stress each day as they are responsible for carrying a great deal of the load for the human body. Knee injuries are a common occurrence among athletes, but they are also very common among the general population from injuries sustained in extracurricular activities (such as snow skiing and running) or simple accidents (twisting, falling, etc.). Most individuals who sustain a knee injury do so by tearing or rupturing a ligament. Knees that have sustained previous injuries or who are subjected to years of overuse or athletic training are also at risk for cartilage defects, meniscus damage, and degenerative diseases such as arthritis.

Once Dr. Padalecki has completed a full examination, he will consult with you and discuss your exact injury, as well as the appropriate course of treatment. As a team, you will both work towards the most optimal outcome for your knee injury.

Dr. Padalecki is skilled to treat a number of knee conditions, and when surgery is recommended, you can depend on his entire team to offer the best care and surgical approach to treat and manage your injury.

PCL Knee Injuries

Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (PCL Injury) Overview The PCL, or posterior cruciate ligament, is located in the center of the knee joint and helps keep the knee stable. The PCL prevents the shin bone (tibia) from sliding too far backwards and keeps the shin bone in position below the thigh bone (femur). PCL injuries commonly [...]

Multi-Ligament Knee Injuries

An Overview on Multi-Ligament Knee Injuries The knee is comprised of four major ligaments that maintain the knee’s stability for walking, pivoting, and virtually any athletic activity. These ligaments work together to prevent excessive, unnatural motion between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (leg bone). Each ligament in the knee serves a distinct purpose and [...]

Meniscus Knee Injuries

Meniscus Injury Overview Injuries to the meniscus cartilage of the knee are among the most common injuries encountered in sports. A torn meniscus can also occur outside of the sports world and often happen to individuals during activities of daily living in which a pathologic twisting event occurs to the knee. Dr. Jeff Padalecki, orthopedic [...]

MCL Knee Injuries

An Overview on a Medial Collateral Ligament Injury (MCL Injury) The MCL, or medial collateral ligament, is located on the inside of the knee and extends from the end of the thighbone (femur) to the top of the shin bone (tibia). The MCL provides “side to side” stability and protects against widening of the inside [...]

Malalignment of the Lower Extremity

Malalignment of the Lower Extremity Overview Legs that are described as being “bow legged” (varus) or “knock kneed” (valgus) fall into the category of malalignment of the lower extremity. These conditions can be related to a congenital deformity or could be the result of prior injury or meniscus deficiency. These alignment abnormalities can predispose an [...]