Knee injury, get a diagnosis now

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Physio Blog from The Sport Injury Experts at Chelmsford

Knee injuries are common in and out of sport and can have a devastated disruption to everyday activities to playing your favourite sport.  Within sport, knee injuries are not just confined to contact sports with problems presenting from an array of activities, as our knees are there to support the leg with impact, twisting, power and propulsion. One of the most common areas injured in sport are the meniscus and knee ligaments.

The meniscus is the cartilage that sits in between the femur and tibia bones and is divided into 2 compartments the outside (Lateral) and inside (medial). It is more common to have injuries to the medial side, with most meniscal injuries settling with time and rehab. For some, surgical intervention is required, however this would be after first trailing a period of rehab and rest. Studies have shown that long term outcome are very similar for those who underwent meniscal surgery vs those who had rest/rehab, so unless you’re in a rush to get back to your sport quickly, it is probably best to see how your knee pain naturally settles.

Ligament injuries to the knee is widely spoke about in the sporting news, as an anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) leads to a lengthy period out of sport and extensive time in the gym. For non-contact sports- after ACL reconstructive surgery the return to full sport is around 6 months and contact sports normally take around 9 months for a full recovery. However, not all ACL injuries need surgery, as when the ACL is still intact and not completely ruptured, strengthening of the muscles around the Knee (particularly the hamstrings) can lead to a successful return to sport without surgery. Other knee ligament structures such as the medial collateral ligament (MCL)- the knee ligament on the inside of the knee, attaching the femur to the tibia can be a common problem. Again, with the right treatment this a problem that rehab and rest can successfully resolve. In some cases, bracing in the initial stages may be helpful for high end tears/ruptures.

If you are unsure what knee injury you have, then always seek professional guidance. As a sport injury physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your problem and get you on the right pathway to a successful return back to the things you enjoy doing.




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