The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the body. The anatomy of the knee consists of four major ligaments: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral (fibular) collateral ligament (LCL). Each ligament plays a key role in the stability and movement of the knee.
Ligament injuries of the knee can be very painful and debilitating. Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that connect and hold the knee joint in place. A ligament injury can occur through athletic training, sports competition, or from everyday falls and accidents. The most common ways an individual can experience a knee ligament injury is by twisting their knee while the foot remains planted, direct trauma to the knee, jumping or landing on a flexed knee, pivoting, shifting, over-extending. Soccer, basketball, and football players, as well as snow skiers and gymnasts typically are at a higher risk for developing a ligament injury. Ranging from mild to severe, each injury will have a varying course of treatment, protocol, rehab, and prognosis.
The conditions he specializes in are detailed below:
- ACL Injury | Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
- LCL Injury | Fibular Collateral Ligament
- MCL Injury | Medial Collateral Ligament Tear
- PCL Injury | Posterior Cruciate Ligament
NOTICE: Effective June 1, 2019, Dr. LaPrade will be practicing at Twin Cities Orthopedics in both the Edina and Eagan Minnesota Clinics and Surgery Centers