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Hamstring Strain

Basics Description The hamstrings are long muscles in the posterior thigh that extend from the ischial tuberosity behind the hip, down to the knee. A hamstring strain is a stretch-induced muscle injury. Tears result from the hamstring muscle suddenly changing from a stabilizing flexor to an extensor. It usually is caused by quick starts […]

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

Basics Description The ACL is critical for knee function in athletes who require knee stability in activities such as running, cutting, jumping, and kicking. The ACL originates on the posteromedial aspect of the lateral femoral condyle and inserts anterior to and between the intercondylar eminences of the tibia. The ACL is composed of 2 […]

A Patient’s Guide to Popliteal Cysts

Introduction

A popliteal cyst, also called a Baker’s cyst, is a soft, often painless bump that develops on the back of the knee. A cyst is usually nothing more than a bag of fluid. These cysts occur most often when the knee is damaged due to arthritis, gout, injury, or inflammation in the lining of […]

A Patient’s Guide to Hamstring Tendon Graft Reconstruction of the ACL

Introduction

When the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is torn or injured, surgery may be needed to replace it. There are many different ways to do this operation. One is to take a piece of the hamstring tendon from behind the knee and use it in place of the torn ligament. When arranged […]