Aimee Lake, DPT
While there are many reasons that a patient may need to seek out the help of a qualified physical therapist, below are some of the most common knee injuries that we treat. If you are dealing with any of these injuries consult with your doctor or physical therapist about whether physical therapy treatment might be appropriate for you.
Fracture– The patella or kneecap is the most frequently fractured bone of the knee, though the other larger bones may also be fractured. Older adults and those who suffer from osteoporosis are vulnerable to fracturing the patella. It is most commonly fractured by tripping and falling forward, landing on the kneecap.
ACL Injury– Injury to the ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is often reported in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and other sports, where contact with another player may cause the leg to be hit and the knee to twist too acutely. It is also possible to tear the ACL if the foot remains fixed while the body tries to change direction. Depending on the severity of the case, an ACL injury can require surgery and a lengthy recovery including extensive rehab work with a physical therapist. It is critical that you regain your strength, balance, coordination, and proper gait mechanics after an ACL injury to prevent re-injury in the future.
Dislocation– Dislocation of the knee can happen at any point, though playing sports or high-impact events like a high fall or car crash are the most common causes. During dislocation, the bones of the knee joint come out of place. This can be extremely painful and can require on-going treatment.
Bursitis– Bursitis is the name given to the swelling of the protective fluid sacs around the knee. This is a common complaint of gardeners or manual workers who spend a lot of time kneeling on their knees. Physical therapy, pain management, and draining of fluid can all be required.
Patellofemoral Syndrome- This syndrome is characterized by knee pain ranging from severe to mild discomfort seemingly originating from the contact of the back of the kneecap (patella) with the femur (thigh bone). It is commonly caused by an imbalance of the muscles of the hip and thigh, causing the patella to “track” improperly.
Patellar Tendonitis- This condition comes from repetitive stress on the knee, most often from overuse in sports or exercise. The repetitive stress on the knee creates tiny tears in the tendon that, over time, inflame and weaken the tendon.
We offer specialized knee physical therapy to help our clients regain the highest level of mobility and strength that their individual situation allows.
In addition to gaining strength and mobility, therapy can also help reduce inflammation and pain.
With expert and hands-on guidance from our physical therapists, you will undergo a thorough course of rehabilitative and strengthening techniques to aid in the recuperation of your knee joint.
For expert physical therapy in the Seattle area, check out our offices in Greenwood or Ravenna.
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