There are many different types of knee injury, and the knee joint is one of the most important ones in our body. In supporting our full body weight, the knee acts like a hinge. This movement allows the knee to bend and straighten which creates movements like squatting, sitting, running, jumping etc.
The knee is comprised of 4 key elements:
- Bones: Femur, Tibia, Fibula and the Patella
- Ligaments: support the inner and outer aspects of the knee as well as the deep internal structures. You can envision them as strong ropes that keep the bones together and help create stability
- Tendons: are extensions of the muscles which help keep the knee together
- Cartilage: is the internal cushioning mechanisms which protect the bones from impact.
Here we take a more detailed look at the different types of knee injury, their symptoms and what you can do to prevent them.
The different types of Knee damage
The severity of the injury will dictate the recovery timeline. Mild strains will recover on their own by following the RICE protocol.
Severe ligament injury may require surgical intervention.
Seeking treatment from you preferred practitioner is highly recommended.
Our team of Sports Chiropractors are well equipped to rehab a knee injury.
With a focus on:
- decreasing the swelling,
- breaking down scar tissue adhesions,
- rebuilding stability
- creating a rehab program to get you back on track.
The team will take you through a full rehabilitation program to get you back to you favourite sport as soon as possible.
Cartilage Tear – Meniscus injury
Patella tracking issues
Preventing a knee injury
If you are taking part in any kind of physical activity, it’s important that you warm-up and cool down appropriately as this helps make the muscles less prone to injury.
It’s also best to maintain a stable and healthy body weight as excess weight tends to pressurize the joints.
You can significantly reduce the chance of slipping & falling awkwardly, by avoiding or taking care when playing a sport in any slippery conditions.
Lastly, we are big believers in prevention being better than the cure. So when you feel a niggle come on, address it. It’s best not to leave it until it becomes a full blown injury. Seek out professional help, address the niggles and then go back to your chosen sport with the confidence in knowing you are doing the right thing.
Now is the time to schedule that appointment with our team. You can rest assured that with our team will keep you will be looked after in good hands.
Book your first appointment with our Sports Chiropractors today.