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Knee & Leg

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

Basketball players, skiers, soccer players, and football players know all too well just how quickly, and frequently ACL tears can occur.
The reason athletes are so often prone to an ACL tear is due to the fact that quick changes in direction.

Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tears

In general the Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) is injured less often than the ACL; it can be just as painful. For athletes a tear in the LCL is generally the result of being hit on the inside of the knee, such as during a tackle in football.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tears

The Medial Collateral Ligament is instrumental in controlling the sideways motion of your knee, so that it doesn’t move in an abnormal way. Typically caused by a direct hit or strike to the outside of the knee, such as in high contact sports like football and hockey.

Meniscus Tears

Meniscus tears are sometimes referred to as torn cartilage. The meniscus serves a vital role as a cushion between the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). Meniscus tears are common sports injuries resulting from routine movements

Patella Dislocation

When the kneecap (patella) is forced out of its groove along the front of the knee during a traumatic injury (often while playing sports) the resulting injury is known as a patella dislocation.

Patella Femoral Syndrome

Sometimes called Runner’s Knee, Patella Femoral Syndrome is also referred to as Patellar Mal-Alignment or Patellar Instability. The most common complaint from patients suffering from Patella Femoral Syndrome is knee pain in the front of the knees.

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears

When the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is injured, typically a result of falling directly on a bent knee, such as while playing sports including soccer, hockey, football, and while skiing, the damage can range from minor knee pain, to a complete PCL rupture.

Pulled Hamstring

Active Southern Californians who participate in sports which require quick starts and stops are most likely to suffer from pulled hamstrings. For that reason those who play tennis, soccer, basketball, football, volleyball or racquetball frequently see Dr. Nadel for treatment of the pulled hamstring.

Runners Knee

At some point in their lives, most Southern Californians who engage in sports such as running, skiing, cycling, and soccer find themselves with knee pain. Informally known as “runner’s knee,” this term may be used to describe various aches, pains and injuries to the knee.

Shin Splints

When patients in the West Valley complain of pain along the shin bone, the likely cause is “shin splints.” Shin splints can be troublesome for runners, dancers, basketball and baseball players as well as those who just walk frequently.


In instances where surgery is not required to treat your sports injury, Dr. Nadel is pleased to offer a variety of non-surgical treatments to alleviate your pain while you recover.