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Knee Injuries

05/10/2017
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Get Your Donjoy Armor Fitted In Time For Skiing 2018

It’s that time of year again, the ski season is approaching, and you find yourself once again dusting off your ski boots, and getting ready to hit the piste. Skiing is an adrenaline fuelled, difficult and dangerous sport, and that’s why we love it. Unfortunately injury comes with the territory and one of the most common complaints amongst skiers is anterior knee pain, this is caused by damage to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). A tear to the ACL does not have to mean the end to your skiing holidays,... Read More

10/07/2017
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Iliotibial Band Syndrome

What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome? The Iliotibial band (ITB) experiences friction as it passes over the femur bone, back and forth over the epicondyle (bony bit on the outside of the knee). When the knee bends at around 20-30 degrees the IT band experiences the greatest friction. This is about the range where a runners knee is bent and the foot hits the floor, making this condition fairly common in runners. Symptoms of ITB syndrome include pain on the outside of the knee which is worse running downhill and often starts at... Read More

07/06/2017

Knee Injuries and the Female Athlete

Knee injuries, particularly damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, are most commonly seen in female athletes. This has been observed more in recent years, possibly as a result of the increase in popularity and participation levels in women’s sport. Increased participation has heightened appreciation of health and medical issues specific to the female athlete. Studies comparing male to female susceptibility to injury of the ACL have shown women to have considerably higher rate of injury. Studies have shown that ACL injuries occur roughly 4 times as often in sports such... Read More

15/05/2017

Patella Tracking

Most often, the patella will shift excessively towards the outside of your leg, however, in some cases although less common; it is possible for it to shift towards the inside. The knee joint is a hinge which connects the tibia and fibula of your leg with your femur. The kneecap is held in its natural position via ligaments on its sides and tendons on its top. In the underside of the kneecap, a layer of cartilage helps the patella glide along the groove situated at the end of your femur.... Read More

27/03/2017
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Why we love Easter Skiing!

Easter is a great time to enjoy skiing, making the most of the better weather, taking advantage of the last of the ski season. Easter is the perfect time to enjoy a skiing getaway with family and children or equally just with friends. If you are the type of person who wants to ski whilst enjoying the sunshine for 6 days of your holiday. Then Easter is the one for you, the most “sun sure” weeks you can have in the mountains. It’s unlikely you’ll be suffering with whiteouts and... Read More

02/03/2017
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MCL Knee Ligament Injury Explained

The Medial Collateral Ligament is the knee ligament located on the inside of the knee joint. It links the thigh bone and the shin bone. Any knee injury involving ligaments is referred to as a sprain, and is a relatively common knee injury that can occur when the knee is twisted or subject to external force for example from an opponent during contact sport, depending on the severity of the injury it is classified as first, second or third degree: A first degree sprain – damage to only a small... Read More

24/02/2017
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How to fit the Donjoy Armor

There is no doubting that the Donjoy Armor is an amazing piece of kit is invaluable for ACL injuries. However, it can seem awkward to fit at first. This video takes you through the fitting process that you would go through if you booked a fitting with us. This video covers: How to measure before you order Putting on the brace Checking the fit of the brace Ensuring that you have a correctly fitting brace will mean that it provides the maximum protection for your knee and the surrounding ligaments.... Read More

14/02/2017
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Knee Brace Hinges

Choosing a knee brace can be difficult and confusing. Lots of technical language is thrown around with little or no explanation of what it actually means, or advice on which would really work best for you and your injuries. Hinged knee braces provide the best support, however, did you know that there are five different types of hinge? Each offering different benefits and levels of support. We decided that it would be helpful to put together a blog post explaining these different hinges to hopefully make your shopping experience easier.... Read More

26/01/2017
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Knee Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

What is arthritis? Arthritis is a condition characterised by a degenerative process whereby there is gradual wear and tear to the cartilage and bone surfaces of a joint with subsequent inflammation. Arthritis of the knee may occur following a specific injury or due to repetitive impact through the knee joint, beyond what it can withstand over a period of time. In a normal knee, joint surfaces are smooth and there is cartilage between the bone ends which allows for efficient shock absorption and smooth movement (see healthy knee x-ray). Knee... Read More

23/01/2017
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Knee Braces for Horse Riding

Anyone who horse rides will know just how hard the sport is on your knees. However, the logistics of the sport makes protecting the knees very difficult with problems such as tight fitting clothing, the need for a complete range of motion, and most importantly the fact that most of us would rather suffer with knee pain than risk scratching our tack! The Mechanics Your knees are designed to move in one direction only, front to back. It is not meant to move side to side or rotate. When sitting... Read More