Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
Orthopedics Institute

Knee Conditions

At Children’s Hospital Colorado, our pediatric orthopedic experts treat all types of knee conditions and injuries. Here are some common knee symptoms and conditions treated at our Orthopedics Institute and Sports Medicine Center.

Common symptoms

Knee pain
Knee pain (also known as runner’s knee, anterior knee pain and/or patellofemoral pain syndrome) commonly often occurs in runners and young athletes. Our Sports Medicine team helps treat this achy, prolonged pain behind or around the kneecap.

Common conditions

ACL injury
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a commonly injured ligament in the knee. To treat an ACL injury, our doctors generally recommend surgical reconstruction, while focusing on your child’s continued growth, long-term preservation of the knee, and timely return to sports and physical activity.

Kneecap instability (dislocated knee)
Kneecap instability, commonly known as a dislocated knee, happens when the patella is knocked off to the side of the knee joint by twisting or impact. Our specialists use physical therapy, bracing and surgery (in more advanced cases) to return the knee to its proper place and decrease the risk of future dislocations.

Osgood-Schlatter is a condition occurring during adolescence that causes pain, swelling and soreness on an area of the upper shin bone below the knee cap. Experts at our Sports Medicine Program treat Osgood-Schlatter by helping control the pain during the growth spurt.

Osteochrondritis dissecans
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) occurs when a piece of cartilage, along with a thin layer of the bone beneath it, become separated from the rest of the bone. Our Sports Medicine team offers customized treatments for OCD depending on your child’s growth stage, physical activity and level of cartilage injury.

Sindig-Larsen-Johannson disease
Sindig-Larsen-Johannson disease occurs during a period of pre-adolescence when the knee cap is going through a rapid growth spurt. It causes pain, swelling and soreness on the knee cap. Our Sports Medicine specialists help treat Sindig-Larsen-Johannson by controlling the pain and adjusting your child’s physical activity until the growth spurt and pain subside.

Other knee conditions we treat

Because we diagnose and treat so many types of knee conditions and symptoms – even the very rare ones – some of them might not be listed. Please call us for more information or to schedule an appointment: 720-777-6600.

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