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An ACL injury occurs when planting the leg with a decelerating, cutting, or jumping movement, resulting in instability of the knee.
70% of ACL injuries are non-impact, meaning the individual is not hit, and 50% of the injuries occur with an MCL and meniscus injury.
You may experience symptoms of the knee giving way after an ACL injury and many individuals require operative repair of the ACL to allow you to return to an active lifestyle.
Physical therapy will help you get your motion back and maximize your quadriceps, hip and core strength to prevent future injury.
Physical therapy will safely guide you through the protocol provided by your doctor to get you back to your daily routine or the sport that you love.
There are two types of knee replacements: partial and total. A partial replacement is a replacement of one side of the knee due to arthritis.
A total replacement is a replacement of the whole knee, including resurfacing of the patella, due to arthritis.
It is EXTREMELY important to maintain early motion through physical therapy to limit scar tissue development and restore normal motion and function.
A meniscus injury is a painful clicking and locking in the knee that makes it very painful to twist and turn. Depending on the location of a tear, surgical intervention may be able to repair the tear.
Research shows that individuals younger than 40 years old are more likely to have success with a meniscus repair. Other surgical intervention involves simply cutting out the piece of torn tissue to decrease your symptoms of clicking/locking.
Many individuals are successful with non-operative treatment of a meniscus injury through physical therapy. Physical therapy will focus on maintaining your mobility and improving your strength to decrease stress on the knee and symptoms of clicking/locking.
ITB (iliotibial band) syndrome is caused by unnecessary stress on the IT Band and friction of the tendons, resulting in inflammation of the tendon near the outer knee or the hip. Rest is highly recommended from activity/sport to allow the inflammatory process to calm down while addressing strength and flexibility imbalances in the hip and knee through physical therapy.
Patellar tendonitis is a common diagnosis when the patient presents with front of the knee pain. It is a more common diagnosis in females due to alignment of their body with wider hips and decreased quadriceps strength compared to males.
Patellar tendonitis is commonly an overuse injury, occurring with repetitive tasks and/or sports and is most frequently diagnosed in individuals who participate in a jumping sport. Decreasing the stress on the quadriceps by focusing on glute strengthening in physical therapy will help decrease your pain.
A subluxing patellar is extremely painful and usually occurs in the same method of injury as an ACL tear. With a valgus force, the knee is twisted and buckles inward. This force can be placed on the knee either from an external force or twisting movement, and the kneecap may be pushed out of the groove it sits in.
Swelling under the knee cap and throughout the knee will occur and inhibit the quadriceps muscle, so physical therapy is important to restore the quadriceps strength to limit buckling and giving way of the knee.
Once you have subluxed the kneecap once, you are further predisposed to experience this injury again without proper physical therapy and continued strengthening
Quad Tendon Repair
A quad tendon tear occurs from a traumatic injury, including a fall with the leg caught behind you. Repair to this tendon requires ample healing time, so you will be placed in a Bledsoe brace from the top of the thigh to the middle of the shin to ensure that the tissue is well protected.
It is important to progress your range of motion as allowed by your Doctor’s orders and your physical therapist can help guide you through this process. Maintaining strength in the knee, hip and core through physical therapy is critical to helping you return to your previous level of functioning.
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