Did you know that your knee is the largest joint of your body? It is also one of the most used and complex parts of your body. Participation in sports can make the knee more susceptible to injury, due to stress, strain, twists or impact. Large ligaments within the knee connect the bones and help to protect the joint against abnormal types of motion, such a misstep while running or the impact of a tackle during football. The meniscus is soft area of cartilage between the femur and tibia that cushions the knee and provides natural shock absorption. Tears in the meniscus can occur as a result of severe twisting, pivoting, abrupt stops, or impact on the sports field or in day to day living.
There are many types of knee injuries that occur as a result of sports activities. Symptoms make include:
- Stiffness or inability to extend the knee
- Swelling, redness or warmth
- Weakness or instability
- Popping noises with movement
- Visible deformities in the knee
If you have knee pain don't try to tough it out, or if cannot move your knee, don't force it. It is important to get your knee injury diagnosed and treated as soon as possible
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Knee Sports Injuries
While many sports can make an athlete more susceptible to knee injuries, the most frequently suffered knee injuries include running injuries and football injuries. These may result from ligament damage, cartilage damage and knee cap damage. Some common conditions or injuries that affect the knee include:
- Tendinitis - Affects the tendon connecting the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone and may be caused by inadequate stretching before activities
- Bursitis - Inflammation of a bursa located near the knee joint, brought on by overuse or injury during sports
- Chondromalacia or Runner's Knee - Results from damage to the cartilage under the kneecap; a common running injury.
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome - A condition involving tightening of the iliobial band, often associated with running, cycling, hiking, and weight lifting.
- Osteoarthritis of the Knee - Occurs when the cartilage in your knee deteriorates with use and age
Through a physical examination and variety of diagnostic tests we can quickly diagnose your knee issues and get you on the right track for recovery.
Treatment of Knee Sports Injuries
Depending on the nature of the knee injury, a common first approach may be RICE:
- Rest the knee by staying off it or using crutches
- Ice to control swelling
- Compression using an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the knee when possible
When knee pain and problems persist, we have many other approaches for treating knee injuries. We may prescribe physical therapy, medication, injections of corticosteroids, or surgery. One of our skilled doctors will guide you in selecting the right course of treatment for your knee injury.
Contact us or call our appointment line at 513-793-3933, and we will reserve the time and location that works best for you — we can usually schedule your appointment within 48 hours.