Care and Treatment for Ligament & Cartilage Tears
Why Choose Treatment for Ligament & Cartilage Tears at University of Colorado Hospital?
The doctors at University of Colorado Hospital treat all injuries of the bones, joints and muscles.
Physicians here are trained in sports medicine and participate in teaching and education, so they keep current with the latest proven treatments.
UCH also offers sports medicine services specifically for active women, one of the few hospitals in the country to do so.
What are Ligament & Cartilage Tears?
Ligament tears are injuries to the tissues that connect bones.
Four ligaments connect the bones in the knee joint:
- Medial and collateral – stabilize side-to-side movement of the knee
- Anterior cruciate – keeps the shin bone (tibia) from sliding forward
- Posterior cruciate – keeps the shin bone from sliding backward
Depending on their severity, ligament tears are treated with physical therapy, braces or surgery.
Cartilage tears are injuries to the firm, rubbery tissue that lies between bones. Cartilage serves as a “shock absorber” that prevents bones from wearing against each other.
The most common cartilage tear occurs to the menisci, which cushion the three bones in the knee joint: the kneecap (patella), the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia).
Meniscus tears are treated with physical therapy, medication or surgery.
Your Medical Team
The doctors and staff at University of Colorado Hospital work together to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate your bones, joint and muscle injuries.
Bone, Joint and Muscle Specialists
- Family practitioner – A doctor who provides medical care to individuals and families.
- Orthopedic surgeon – A doctor who treats injuries and diseases of the bones, joints and muscles.
- Physiatrist – A doctor who diagnoses and rehabilitates physical injuries.
- Nutritionist – A specialist in the treatment and prevention of disease through proper diet.
- Physical therapist – A specialist who treats diseases through exercise, massage, water, light and heat.
- Sports psychologist – A psychologist who specializes in the mental aspects of sports activities, exercise and other physical activities.
Other Bone, Joint and Muscle Staff
Athletic trainer – A provider who helps to prevent and treat injuries.