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Medical Minute: The ABCs of knee pain

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By The Staff

As an orthopaedic surgeon and the newest member of Los Alamos Medical Center’s medical staff, I am happy to introduce myself and my family to you, and to answer some common questions regarding your knees.

My wife, Stephanie, my son, Grant, and I are settled in and looking forward to joining the community. I’m also looking forward to formally opening my practice Aug. 1 at LAMC. In the meantime, I hope you find this information helpful in preventing or treating knee injuries.

Today’s increasingly active society is experiencing more injuries related to the knee. Whether you are a weekend warrior pushing your body to the limits only when time allows, or a triathlete trying to get in as many miles as possible in a week running or cycling, most of you who are active have experienced some form of knee pain.

The knee is a complex joint composed of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and a fluid network working simultaneously to allow propagation of the body. All are susceptible to injury depending on the particular activity, while treatment is dependent on the location and type of injury.

Overuse injuries are common in endurance athletes and include the following:


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