The knee is a complex structure and there are many ways you can injure your knee. From ACL tears to kneecap dislocations – knee injuries can benefit greatly from a strategic physical therapy routine. In this article, we are going to discuss a few of the most common knee injuries that can benefit from physical therapy.
Ligament Tears (ACL & MCL)
The ACL and MCL are the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee. Athletes are very susceptible to these injuries. ACL and MCL tears occur as the result of overextending these ligaments – often due to a sudden twisting motion. Sometimes these injuries require surgical repair. With or without surgery, ACL and MCL injuries can benefit greatly from physical therapy exercises.
Kneecap Dislocation or Fracture
Dislocations of the kneecap happen most frequently in younger patients whose muscles are still developing. Kneecap fractures are caused by acute accidents like slip and falls, or car accidents. Both injuries can significantly reduce a patient’s functionality in the area. Physical therapy exercises can help the patient regain function, mobility, and eventually return to normal activities.
Tendonitis & Bursitis
Tendonitis and bursitis are caused by inflammation in the knee’s structures (the tendons and the bursa). These conditions tend to develop over time with normal wear and tear, and are thus more common in elderly patients. The pain that accompanies tendonitis and bursitis can be debilitating, but physical therapy can help reduce pain and increase movement.
The seasoned physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have been helping patients return to full function after knee injuries and surgery for the last 25 years. When you make an appointment you will have direct access to physical therapy and work with the same therapist at each appointment. Call our Minneapolis or Edina clinic today to set up your appointment and get back to the activities you love.