Mahwah Valley Orthopedic Blog

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Diagnosing and Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly mounts an immune attack against its own joints and connective tissues. RA can occur in any joint in the body, but most frequently occurs in those of the hands, feet, wrists, and knees....

What Causes a Baker’s Cyst and How’s It Treated?

The knee is a modified hinge joint that’s made up of the femur, tibia and patella bones. Ligaments, soft tissues and muscles help stabilize and move the knee joint. Cartilage bathed in synovial fluid coats the ends of bones so that they may glide smoothly against one...

5 Common Symptoms of a Meniscus Injury

A torn meniscus disturbs the integrity of the knee joint. As the knee flexes and extends, the bones may hit or catch the piece of torn meniscus, resulting in an aggravating, irritating, and sometimes painful locking and/or popping or catching sensation.

Knee Cartilage and How It Protects the Knee

The knee joint is composed of the femur, tibia and patella bones and its primary action is to flex and extend the lower leg while walking and running. Because this important action controls daily life, protecting the integrity of the joint is of the utmost importance....

4 Ways to Treat Quadriceps Tendonitis

Quadriceps tendonitis is a knee injury most commonly sustained by running, jumping, and kicking athletes. The  quadriceps are made up four tendons that play an important role in straightening the knee and rotation of the hips.  Therefore, quadriceps tendonitis can...

Knee Surgery 101: How a Torn ACL is Reconstructed

The ACL is one of the four ligaments in the knee that connects the femur(thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone).  The ACL plays an important role in knee stability and function as it prevents the tibia from sliding too far forward and causing the knee to be unstable and...

The Different Types of Meniscus Tears (And How They’re Treated)

The menisci function as the shock absorbers in the knee by forming two wedges of cartilage between the femur and tibia in the knee. Meniscal tears are one of the most common sports-related knee injuries. While most people have heard of them, they don’t know exactly...

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