At Long Beach Orthopedic Center, we see patients for a wide range of leg issues, ranging from general orthopedic conditions to injuries sustained from sports. Some of the leg issues we most commonly see include:
- Distal femur fracture – This is also referred to as a thighbone break, a type of injury that is typically sustained as a result of a fall, car accident, or other high level injury. Symptoms of a distal femur fracture include swelling, bruising, tenderness, pain, and knee or leg deformity. Non-surgical treatments include bracing, casting, and skeletal traction to allow the fracture to heal. Sometimes, surgery is needed to hold the bone in place and repair the fracture.
- Hamstring strain – If one of the muscles in the back of your thigh is overloaded, the result can be a hamstring strain. This condition is often accompanied with swelling and pain and can vary in severity. Non-surgical treatments for hamstring strain include elevation, physical therapy, rest, and compression. Sometimes, surgery is needed to re-attach the hamstring to bone.
- Runner’s knee – More than one condition and injury can result in what is known as runner’s knee, a condition common for runners and other athletes. It can be characterized by improper alignment, weakness, dislocation, and pain that gets worse with activity. Non-surgical treatments for runner’s knee include reconditioning, bracing, and compression. Sometimes, surgery is needed to realign the kneecap and remove damaged cartilage.
- Torn ACL – The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can become torn in varying degrees—for example, it can be slightly stretched or even completely torn in two pieces. This injury is common for athletes, like football and basketball players, and can be accompanied by decreased range of motion, tenderness, pain, and swelling. Non-surgical treatment options include physical therapy and bracing. Surgery is sometimes needed to regain full range of motion and consists of rebuilding the ligament.