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Did you know that knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain in the U.S.? They can seem like a sudden occurrence, but in many cases, they can be the result of years of neglect and weakening that can make them vulnerable to serious injury. At Results Rehabilitation, we’ve seen many clients from all ages and fitness backgrounds suffer from different knee injuries, many of them caused by similar circumstances. We will discuss several ways people commonly injure their knees.

Did you know that knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain in the U.S.? They can seem like a sudden occurrence, but in many cases, they can be the result of years of neglect and weakening that can make them vulnerable to serious injury. At Results Rehabilitation, we’ve seen many clients from all ages and fitness backgrounds suffer from different knee injuries, many of them caused by similar circumstances. We will discuss several ways people commonly injure their knees.

There are many ways to accidentally injure the knee, but the following are the most common. The first is getting a foot stuck on the ground and pushing off while turning toward the outside of the knee. This can trigger a sharp and intense pain in the inside-front of the knee. The second most common action that results in a knee injury is stumbling and catching a fall improperly, which can create significant pressure behind the kneecap and major compression on the whole knee joint. The final most common injury stems from impact on the kneecap when hitting the ground, causing severe pain behind the kneecap and its surrounding structures resulting in swelling and inflammation.

While the incidents described above are cases of acute injury and pain, it is more common for people to have knee injuries from weak muscles and control. This can cause subtle pain in the knee, but it may not be enough to motivate the sufferer of the injury to seek help. As a result, the muscles and knee joint cannot stay in alignment, especially during dynamic and high impact activities like running, jumping, or walking up stairs. Over time, the knee will lose stability until an injury occurs.

When someone’s knee is injured, their gait will often change to accommodate the pain, especially if they suffer acute or postsurgical pain. The first approach to addressing this is to practice straightening the knee. This will also reduce fluid retention and swelling, helping the knee heal faster.

There are many myths surrounding knee pain, and we have created ways to identify and alleviate it using our Results Treatment Method. Some of these myths include:

Knee Pain only originates from the knee.

Identifying the specific pain pattern is crucial. Pain can originate from other areas such as the hip, back or even the ankle, causing long-term irritation at the knee joint.

Meniscus surgery is the only way to get rid of some knee pain caused by damage to the natural shock absorbers on the inside and outside of the knee joint.

Soft tissue displacement and mild damage to the knee (unless very severe) can cause the knee and its surrounding muscles to misalign and cause pain. Physical therapists can help reposition the different parts of the knee to enhance the return of proper motion and speed up the healing process.

Resting the knee and not doing any exercises.

Not moving causes immediate weakening of an already jeopardized joint. Physical Therapy can assist with the selection and sequence of the appropriate healing motions and activities to avoid the decline of control. Pre-surgical physical therapy stretching and strengthening has proven to enhance the post-surgical healing time.

If you found this article to be informative, Results Rehabilitation is hosting our next FREE Online Workshop on Knee pain, taking place on September 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. You will have the opportunity to tune in and learn more about knee dysfunction to help educate yourself to find some solutions to your ailments. If you are interested in signing up, call our clinic at 619-437-6450 or go to our website at resultsrehab.com/workshops/.

VOL. 112, NO. 36 - Sept. 7, 2022

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