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Knee injuries can affect both the young and older population with the difference being the type of injury being sustained. In the older population, there usually is cartilage thinning which is part of the normal degenerative process and can potentially cause pain. This can also happen in the younger elite athlete population as well although the majority of young patients suffer traumatic injuries such as ligamentous tears.

Management for the older population is usually conservative. However if patients find that knee function has deteriorated significantly or the pain is unbearable, then more invasive procedures such as knee arthroscopy or a total knee replacement might be considered. In the case of knee ligament tears, surgical interventions are considered based on the patient’s physical demands, feelings of instability and the extent of the ligamentous tears.

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