Knee Injuries and Conditions

UC San Diego Health knee expert discusses managing knee pain due to "runners knee," also known as patellofemoral syndrome.

The knee is a complex structure that plays an integral role in many sports and recreational activities, and in daily life functioning. It is the central joint in the lower extremity kinetic chain (hip-knee-ankle). There are many causes of knee pain, including overuse and repetitive activity that leads to problems in or around the structures of the knee. Injuries from sports or even daily activities are common causes of knee pain. As we age, we are also at greater risk for knee pain and loss of mobility due to joint issues and deconditioning.

Common Sources of Knee Pain

UC San Diego Health offers specialized expertise to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat all types of knee injuries and conditions, including:

Total and Partial Knee Replacements

Individuals who have tried but not fully responded to more conservative treatment options (such as physical therapy, lifestyle modifications and a steroid injection) may be candidates for a total or partial knee replacement. For some individuals, knee surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis (without hospitalization).

Our expert orthopedic surgeons also offer revision surgeries to correct complications from a previous surgery.

Sports Medicine Appointments & Referrals


Sports Medicine Locations

UC San Diego Health offers expertise in sports medicine within family medicine, orthopedics, surgery and rehabilitation. Not all services are available at all locations.

La Jolla



Scripps Ranch