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Knee Sports Injuries and Treatment


Knee pain is one of the most common complaints among athletes and active adults. While most cases are caused by age and natural wear, knee pain can also result from a sports injury. If you experience chronic or worsening knee pain that keeps you from your favorite activities, you’re not alone.

The sports medicine specialists at The Orthopaedic Institute offer a range of treatments to help you get back to the things you love.

Treat Your Knee Pain with a Sports
Medicine Specialist

You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports medicine. While knee pain is more likely to occur in athletes, our sports medicine specialists treat patients of all ages and activity levels. Sports medicine focuses on preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to physical activity. This includes everything from weekend warriors to professional athletes and everything in between.

Most Common Knee Sports Injuries

The knee is one of the most overused joints in the human body, taking on the weight of your body with every step, jump and turn. It’s no wonder that knee pain is so common. Most cases of knee pain are acute and often go away with time, rest and home treatments.

However, when knee pain persists or worsens, it’s best to seek the help of a sports medicine specialist.

The following are some of the most common knee injuries treated at
The Orthopaedic Institute:

Torn Meniscus

A meniscus is a piece of cartilage that cushions the knee joint and allows your weight to be equally distributed across the bones. When the meniscus is torn, it no longer provides the same cushioning and the bones can begin to rub together, causing pain, swelling and instability.

Meniscus tears are most common in athletes who play high-impact sports, such as football and basketball. These tears will happen suddenly with a “popping” sensation. However, the aging process can cause the meniscus to tear slowly as the cartilage deteriorates.

ACL Injury

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in the knee joint, keeping the bones aligned and the knee stable. An ACL injury can occur when the knee is twisted or bent beyond its normal range of motion, typically while playing certain sports like basketball, soccer, and tennis.

However, ACL injuries can occur from anything that causes the knee to bend in an unnatural way, such as falls or car accidents.

Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendonitis (also known as jumper’s knee) is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone. This condition is common in athletes who participate in activities that require a lot of jumping, such as basketball, volleyball or track and field.

Patellar tendonitis can also be caused by overuse or a sudden increase in activity level.


Osteoarthritis of the knee happens when the cartilage that cushions the joint begins to wear down over time, causing pain and stiffness.

This condition is more common in older adults but can also be seen in athletes who have had previous knee injuries.

Sports Medicine Treatments for
Knee Pain

The first step in treating any knee injury is to see a sports medicine specialist for a detailed diagnosis. From there, our providers will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Utilizing the latest in orthopaedic and sports medicine technology,
our treatments include:

Knee Arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat problems within the knee.

Using a small camera and surgical instruments, our surgeons can make tiny incisions around the knee to repair torn ligaments or cartilage, remove loose bodies or debris, and drain fluid from the joint.

ACL Reconstruction

If you have a torn ACL, our sports medicine specialists may recommend ACL reconstruction surgery. This surgery involves replacing the damaged ligament with a tissue graft, typically from another part of your body. ACL reconstruction surgery is often performed using arthroscopic techniques, which means smaller incisions and a quicker recovery. Physical therapy and rehabilitation will be an important part of your recovery process.

Knee Replacement Surgery

When other treatments have failed to relieve pain and restore function, joint replacement surgery may be necessary.

Our skilled surgeons will replace the damaged joint surfaces with an implant that mimics natural joint movement to reduce pain and improve mobility.

Physical Therapy

Depending on the severity of your knee injury, our sports medicine specialists may recommend physical therapy to help you regain strength and range of motion.

Our team of skilled in-house physical therapists will design a custom rehabilitation program specifically for you.

4.7 out of 5 Patient Satisfaction Rating

Providing an exceptional patient experience is our top priority, and we’re proud to announce that our patients rate us a 4.7 out of 5 in patient satisfaction.

“There is a reason the Orthopaedic Institute is well known in Gainesville and beyond. The staff is professional, the doctors are excellent (with credentials to match), and their facilities are pristinely clean and well-run.

I had knee surgery in July 2022 at their surgery center, and it’s run like a Swiss watch. Everyone was friendly and professional. 12/10 would recommend. These people know what they’re doing, and you could not be in better hands.”

Treat Knee Pain at The Orthopaedic Institute

At The Orthopaedic Institute, we understand how debilitating knee pain can be. Our team of experienced sports medicine specialists is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment to get you back to your active lifestyle.

Schedule an appointment with us today to begin your personalized treatment journey.

Douglas P. Adolphson, M.D.

Board Certified:

Diagnostic Radiology

HipKneeShoulder and Elbow

Tristan A. Altbuch, M.D.

Board Certified:

Orthopaedic Surgery


Ajay Antony, M.D.

Board Certified:

Interventional Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology


Vijay Babu, M.D.

Board Certified:

Interventional Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology

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