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How are knee injuries different between younger adults and older folks?
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Knee injuries
The types of knee injury do not really differ between adults and children (mostly ligament sprains or ruptures).
The ability to heal and recover without surgery are much better in children. Adults healing course and symptoms will be altered by the amount of degenerative arthritis they have, which is something children don't have. Adults are more likely to get swelling ("water") on the knee.

In brief: Knee injuries
The types of knee injury do not really differ between adults and children (mostly ligament sprains or ruptures).
The ability to heal and recover without surgery are much better in children. Adults healing course and symptoms will be altered by the amount of degenerative arthritis they have, which is something children don't have. Adults are more likely to get swelling ("water") on the knee.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Trauma vs arthritis.
Young people generally incur traumatic injuries to the knee, from activity, work sports, etc.
The older population tends to have arthritis in their knees from, age, wear and tear, changes from prior surgeries, etc. the treatrments can be dramatically different for the two populations.

In brief: Trauma vs arthritis.
Young people generally incur traumatic injuries to the knee, from activity, work sports, etc.
The older population tends to have arthritis in their knees from, age, wear and tear, changes from prior surgeries, etc. the treatrments can be dramatically different for the two populations.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Timothy Mosher
Radiology
In brief: Age matters
Younger patients generally have acute trauma that injures the soft tissues.
The most common injuries being ligament and traumatic meniscal or cartilage tears. Older individuals typically have degenerative injuries of the knee such as osteoarthritis and chronic meniscal tears. When they have acute trauma fractures of the upper tibia are common, particularly in patients with osteoporosis.

In brief: Age matters
Younger patients generally have acute trauma that injures the soft tissues.
The most common injuries being ligament and traumatic meniscal or cartilage tears. Older individuals typically have degenerative injuries of the knee such as osteoarthritis and chronic meniscal tears. When they have acute trauma fractures of the upper tibia are common, particularly in patients with osteoporosis.
Dr. Timothy Mosher
Dr. Timothy Mosher
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