Complex Knee Injuries

THIS INFORMATION IS USEFUL FOR CHILDREN, ADULTS AND OLDER ADULTS
knee injury
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We treat a high number of complex knee conditions, which means a greater rate of surgical success.
  • Working in a Level 1 Trauma Center, we treat all levels of injury, including the most complex trauma fractures.
  • As a leader in both adult and pediatric sports medicine, our goal is to return injured athletes to their sport as quickly as possible.

Your knee is a freely moving hinge joint that allows you to bend and flex your leg as you walk, run and climb stairs, or twist, turn and pivot quickly. It takes a network of hardworking, interdependent ligaments to make those movements possible. If you fall or injure two or more of them at once, the treatment can be complicated. 

This type of injury is called a complex knee ligament condition, and it’s an important area of specialization for Yale Medicine Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation says Michael Medvecky, MD, chief of the Section of Sports Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. 

The knee has four ligaments that work together in concert, says Dr. Medvecky. "You have the anterior cruciate ligament, the posterior cruciate ligament and then the two collateral ligaments,” he says. “When two or three or even all four get injured, the injury becomes exponentially more difficult to treat.”