The knee is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. It is an articulation between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). The smaller bone that runs alongside the tibia (fibula) and the kneecap (patella) is the other bones that make the knee joint.There are many structures that give a knee joint stability, such as muscles, ligaments and the knee capsule that cover the joint.
Common Knee Injuries
1- The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four ligaments in the knee that provides stabilization for the knee joint. Torn ACLs are a common knee injury. (Read More)
2- The PCL — similar to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — connects the thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia). Although it is larger and stronger than the ACL, the PCL can be torn.
3- The medial or “inside” collateral ligament (MCL) connects the femur to the tibia. The lateral or “outside” collateral ligament (LCL) connects the femur to the smaller bone in the lower leg (fibula). … Because the knee joint relies just on these ligaments and surrounding muscles for stability, it is easily injured.
4- The Menisci tear can be torn during innocuous activities such as walking or squatting. They can also be torn by traumatic force encountered in sports or other forms of physical exertion. The traumatic action is most often a twisting movement at the knee while the leg is bent.
5- The IT band syndrome is an overuse injury that is common in endurance athletes like runners and bikers. It affects a tissue that runs from the side of your hip all of the ways down past your knee. Most of the time, the inflammation manifests itself as pain on the outside of the knee.
In Dublin Sports Injury Clinic we have a holistic approach to our assessment and treatment.The initial assessment helps us to explore the mechanism of your injury (fall, twist, tackled, etc) and help you to get you pain-free shortly. We will prescribe relative rest or modified activities if you needed. As a part of your treatment, we will educate you regarding the Risk Factors and we show you the current research studies. We design a customized training program to start you with and we will coach you closely step by step. In addition, we design a preventive rehabilitation program for you to minimize re-injury occurrence.
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