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Common Knee Ligament Injuries: What You Need to Know

Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery (VSON) has been a cornerstone of excellence in treating orthopedic injuries in Colorado since 1979. Our dedicated team at VSON is committed to providing comprehensive care for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including common knee ligament injuries such as an ACL tear, MCL tear, and PCL tears. Featuring renowned sports medicine physicians like Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Joseph, Dr. Seiter, and Dr. Sterett, VSON stands as a beacon of hope and recovery for those dealing with these challenging knee ligament injuries.


What are Common Knee Ligament Injuries?


Knee ligament injuries can significantly impact your mobility and quality of life. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are crucial for knee stability. Injuries to these ligaments, such as an ACL tear, MCL tear, or PCL tears, often occur due to sports activities, an acute accident, or sudden twists, and impacts.


  • ACL Tear: An ACL tear is one of the most common and debilitating knee injuries. It often occurs during high-intensity sports – such as soccer, or skiing – that involve sudden stops, jumps, or changes in direction. Patients with an ACL tear may experience severe pain, swelling, and instability in the knee, making it difficult to continue physical activities.

  • MCL Tear: An MCL tear typically results from a direct blow to the outside of the knee, causing the inner ligament to stretch or tear. This injury is common in contact sports like football and hockey. Symptoms of an MCL tear include pain, swelling, and a feeling of looseness in the knee.

  • PCL Tears: PCL tears are less common but can be equally severe. They usually occur due to a direct impact to the front of the knee, often in car accidents or contact sports. Patients with PCL tears might experience pain, swelling, and difficulty walking.


Expert Care at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery


At VSON, we understand the complexities of knee ligament injuries and are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans to help you recover and regain your active lifestyle. Our highly-skilled physicians — Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Joseph, Dr. Seiter, and Dr. Sterett — bring a wealth of experience and expertise in treating an ACL tear, MCL tear, and/or PCL tear.


Personalized Treatment Plan for Common Knee Injuries


Our approach to treating knee ligament injuries involves a thorough assessment to determine the extent of the injury and the best course of action. Treatment options at VSON may include:


  • Physical Therapy: Personalized exercises designed to strengthen the knee and enhance flexibility.

  • Bracing: Use of supportive devices to stabilize the knee during the healing process.

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery: Advanced surgical techniques to repair or reconstruct torn ligaments.

  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation: Comprehensive programs to restore knee function and prevent future injuries.


Keeping You Active


Knee ligament injuries such as an ACL tear, MCL tear, and PCL tear requires expert care and attention to ensure a full recovery. At Vail-Summit Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery, our team of skilled physicians — Dr. Cunningham, Dr. Joseph, Dr. Seiter, and Dr. Sterett — are dedicated to helping you overcome these injuries and return to your active lifestyle. Trust VSON for all your orthopedic needs, and take the first step towards recovery today.


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