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The knees of the week

Stuart Fossella - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Comments (0)
Posted 6 years ago
anatomical image of the knee including ligaments and cartilage

The Week in Review-Knees of the week

Great news. Sarah has been back in clinic this week offering am and middle of the day appointments. Ideal for those of you who work in the middle of town. Or simply prefer daytime to weekend or evening appointments!

This week has unfortunately seen more potentially serious knee injuries in clinic, boo.

Sporting injuries all too commonly result in meniscus and ligament damage. People probably associate these injuries with great big collisions, or tackles between opponents.

In truth a great number of serious injuries that actually end up requiring surgery are not related to huge collisions. But occur because of the forces transmitted though the knee in awkward landings from jumping.

Landing from a jump with a bent and twisting force transmitted through the knee is more than enough stress to damage and completely rupture the fibro cartilage shock absorbing meniscus and/or the ligaments of the knee.

Ligament damage can occur at those that run longitudinally across the outside of the knee joint. Or often more concerning is damage to the ligaments inside the joint itself which cross from to back to front (Cruciate-Latin for cross!).

So what are we finding in clinic? Some clients are coming in complaining of pain at the outside of the knee after increasing mileage. In one case after changing running shoes, others because on paper they are over training and under resting.

Most people have probably heard of sportspeople or even have friends that have ruptured the Cruciate and gone on to have either conservative treatment-Physiotherapist led rehabilitation or reconstructive surgery.

Unfortunately if you end up damaging either the meniscus or ligaments of the knee you can consider the knee to be 'unstable'. This is why serious sports people will often end up having surgery to reconstruct and stabilize the knee.

These injuries are not only related to sport-we see them when people slip on wet grass or mud. The mechanism or action causing injury is exactly the same.

It's proven and a fact that most people do not want to undergo the surgeon’s knife. Luckily for these folk, if the severity of damage is not too great, a conservative approach to rehabilitation is often enough to restore a return straight back to regular day to day activity or even top-level sport.

Partial tears to ligaments are often best left untouched by the surgeon, as the time required to return to full activity is greatly reduced. This has been nicely proven by a local professional footballer returning to full action after undertaking a great and purposeful rehabilitation programme!

If things really are that bad we have links with great local surgeons who specialize in the knee. In fact we can be found on the list of approved therapists for Mr Harminder Gosal The Gosal Knee Clinic.

Another surgeon forging a great reputation for his work in knee surgery is Mr Robert Gleeson Gloucestershire Knee Clinic.

If you have suffered a severe knee injury, don't be down beat-a decent rehabilitation action plan is all you need to get straight back to those activities you love. Get in contact and find out how we can help you in your recovery.

Book in now for your Physio assessment and let us get you going again. Straight back to sport, work or just a regular pain free life style Book an appointment.

Stuart & Sarah

Let's get you going again…Straight Back


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