Knee Pain Treatment for Sports Injuries - Morley Physiotherapy Centre

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Morley Physio presents a slideshow detailing how people suffering from knee pain can approach treatment.


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Knee Pain Treatment for Sports Injuries

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For many athletes the knee has a high risk of injury. As the largest joint in the human body it is susceptible to a wide range and variety of injuries. The knee can be fractured dislocated and sprained among other injuries particularly if athletes are not careful with proper running form training techniques and the use of protective equipment.

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Common Knee Injuries in Sport ACL Tears Anterior Cruciate Ligament ACL injuries are one of the most common types of knee injuries seen in pivotal multi-directional and contact sports. They generally occur when the knee is twisted while the foot is planted or through a direct trauma to the knee.

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Common Knee Injuries in Sport Meniscal Tears The severity of meniscal tears can vary and can occur alongside ACL tears in more serious injuries. Common causes of meniscal tears include direct impact on the front or side of the knee moving the joint to the side and tearing the menisci over-rotation of the knee and rapid loading on an uneven surfaces.

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Common Knee Injuries in Sport Jumper’s Knee Jumper’s Knee also known as Patellar Tendinopathy occurs when repetitive loading of the knee causes micro-trauma and inflammation in the patellar tendon. It is generally seen in sporting activities that involve frequent jumping and landing including basketball volleyball and AFL.

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Common Knee Injuries in Sport Runner’s Knee A common injury seen in recreational runners and sport participants of all ages. Onset of anterior knee pain with running is associated with tenderness and clicking in and around the patella knee cap. Common causes include muscle imbalance of the thigh and calf muscles foot postural faults for example pronation and training factors such as frequency intensity and volume of training workloads.

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Click here for more information about common knee injuries and their causes.

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How to Avoid and Prevent Knee Injuries ● There are a few simple techniques and habits you can adopt to prevent knee injuries from occurring. Some of these include: ○ Keep increments in training workloads gradual and regular. Ramp training workloads after seasonal or coincidental lay-off periods. ○ Partaking in full warm up and cool down exercises and stretches before and after activity respectfully to get your muscles ready for the activity and to stop them from seizing up. ○ Correct faulty movement patterns and techniques to ensure safety and to limit the amount of strain on your muscles and joints. ○ Using appropriate footwear which specifically addresses your foot type and posture and the specific demands of your particular sport. ○ Consult with a professional to ensure you are using the proper running technique.

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How to Treat Knee Injuries ● The recommended treatment following knee injury depends on the type and severity of the injury. Following most knee injuries first aid management would include putting the RICED principle into effect. ● RICED is the acronym for Rest Ice Compression Elevation and Diagnosis. Bandaging taping and weight bearing relief with crutches may also be required in the early phase in most cases. ● Your treatment will depend on the severity of your injury - with some knee injuries requiring accurate diagnosis and assessment eg. X-Ray CT and MRI scanning and consultation with medical specialists prior to commencing therapy. ● Although in severe cases surgery may be required most injuries benefit from commencing physiotherapy early as appropriate rehabilitation improves knee function and speedy return to an active lifestyle and sport.

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Recovery with Morley Physio ● At Morley Physiotherapy we conduct a full assessment of your knee with a full history and physical examination to determine what the exact problems are. ● Once we determine the cause we can develop an individual treatment plan to ensure relief of pain swelling and full recovery of function. ● As our valued client your rehabilitation goals and outcomes are important and formulated in consultation with you. You can expect Range of Motion Rehab to recover the movement of your knee Progressive Muscle Strengthening and Proprioception training to restore strength endurance and balance to your injured leg and Education and Home Rehab strategies so that you understand the techniques and exercises you need to take forward for recovery and future prevention.

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When to See a Physiotherapist ● For more minor injuries you may not need to see a physiotherapist at all. However if you’ve employed the RICED technique and have found that you’re still suffering from severe pain and swelling it might be time to seek professional help. ● Some indications that you should contact a physiotherapist include: ○ Severe pain around the knee especially while walking ○ Severe swelling around the knee ○ An audible and painful “pop” in the knee joint ○ The feeling that your knee is “giving way” while walking or using stairs ○ The feeling that your knee is locking when you try to bend or straighten it ○ Feelings of pins and needles or numbness in the lower leg ○ Continued pain and discomfort after the initial 72 hours after injury.

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When to See a Physiotherapist ● Not only will seeing a physiotherapist allow you to recover safely it will also give your more of an insight into your injury how you sustained it the details of your recovery and how you can prevent it in the future. ● Overall you will gain a more comprehensive view of your rehabilitation which will lead to a more positive result in the long run.

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If you’re suffering from a knee injury don’t let it go on any longer. Contact Morley Physio today and let us find the right solution for you. Phone: 9375 3900 Email:

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