Leg and Knee Pain Injury, overuse and even everyday wear and tear can cause you to develop pain in your legs or knees. Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal condition that causes people to visit their doctor. Repetitive movements can cause overuse injuries, with activities such as cycling, climbing and jogging often resulting in irritation and/or inflammation over a period of time. Acute injuries, on the other hand, occur after a traumatic event or direct blow to the knee or leg. Acute injuries include, but are not limited to: Ligament tears (such as an ACL injuries) Kneecap fractures or dislocation Meniscus tears Sprains, strains and other injuries that affect the kneecap and surrounding tendons When major joints like the knee are injured, the body responds by becoming inflamed. If the injury heals successfully, inflammation will subside, but if it does not, inflammation can become a chronic, often painful condition. The recommended “RICE” regimen—rest, ice, compression and elevation—will resolve some swelling at the outset. Treatment Depending on the severity of your leg or knee injury, your doctor may recommend a knee brace to stabilize the area. Physical therapy is often used alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair muscles, tendons or ligaments and to restore proper movement of the leg. If you’d like more information about our sports medicine program, or to schedule a consultation, call (856) 641-8000 ext. SPORT or email SportsMedicine@ihn.org. Why Choose Inspira? Advanced Treatment for Athletes of All Skill Levels Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and skill levels, and at Inspira, we’re committed to providing personalized care based on your specific athletic goals. Our team of trained clinical professionals, including a sports orthopedic specialist, certified athletic trainer, physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, work collaboratively to engineer a treatment plan that works for you—wherever you are in your journey to athletic excellence. Comprehensive Sports Medicine Services Inspira’s sports medicine program focuses on maximizing the athletic performance of both professional and amateur athletes, as well as the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Screening Services for Injury Prevention Screenings can help reduce your risk of injury before the big race, upcoming season or whatever athletic event you’re training for. Inspira’s sports medicine clinicians know exactly how to keep you safe from injury with functional movement screenings and baseline concussion testing. These practices go a long way in preventing injuries, allowing you to perform your best for years to come. Skilled Orthopedic Expertise Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities across South Jersey have received national recognition for orthopedic care and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons to guide you on your road to recovery.