Knee Conditions

The board-certified specialists at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center in Atlanta have taken knee care to a new level. We are experts in the care of all things related to your knee. Our goal is to return you to your activity as quickly and safely as possible using both surgical and non-surgical treatments.

Some of the knee conditions our orthopedic doctors treat include:

ACL Injury

An ACL injury is a partial or complete tear of the ACL, or the ligament in your knee that connects the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone). Ligaments are strong tissues that connect bones together. The ACL stops the tibia from sliding too far forward and keeps the knee stable.


Arthritis is condition that involves the breakdown of the protective cartilage around the joints, which results in pain, stiffness and inflammation.

Avascular Necrosis

Avascular necrosis, also known as osteonecrosis, is a condition that results when blood flow to the bone is reduced or stopped, resulting in the death of cells in the bone tissue.


Fractures (a break in the bone) of the knee typically occur following some type of trauma. This may be low energy (such as a fall from a standing height) or high energy (such as a motor vehicle accident).

IT Band Syndrome

The iliotibial band is the tendon attachment of hip muscles into the upper leg (tibia) just below the knee to the outer side of the front of the leg.

Patellar Tendonitis

Patellar tendinitis is characterized by inflammation and pain at the patellar tendon (the tendon below the kneecap).

Patellar Dislocation

As long as your kneecap (patella) stays in its groove in the knee, you can walk, run, sit, stand, and move easily. When the kneecap slips out of the groove, problems and pain often result.

Septic Knee

Infection of a knee joint is a very serious medical condition. A septic (infected) knee is most often caused by bacteria (such as staph or strep), but in rare instances can be caused by other microorganisms.

Patient Success Video: ACL Reconstruction