Knee Injuries


MCL Knee Ligament Injury Explained

TweetThe 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

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How to fit the Donjoy Armor

Tweet 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... Read More

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Knee Brace Hinges

TweetChoosing 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


Knee Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)

TweetWhat 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

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Knee Braces for Horse Riding

TweetAnyone 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


ACL Injuries

Tweet What is an ACL tear? An ACL tear is a common sports injury affecting the knee and is characterized by tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which is an important structural stabiliser for the knee. A ligament is a strong band of connective tissue which attaches bone to bone. The ACL is situated within the knee joint and is responsible for joining the back of the femur to the front of the tibia. The Knee and ACL The ACL is one of the most important ligaments of the... Read More

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How can I keep skiing with a torn ACL?

Tweet Approximately one third of skiing injuries involve damage to the knees, most commonly ruptures of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). But does a partial or even full tear to your ACL have to mean the end of pain free skiing? Or worse still the end of skiing all together? Here at Firstaid4sport we know the lengths that people will go to, to keep on skiing. That is why truly believe that the new DonJoy Armor is such a valuable piece of kit. The ACL is often damaged when stopping or... Read More

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Which is the best knee brace for skiing?

TweetOnce you ski, you either love it or hate it. Those that love it would do anything to keep going year on year and buy anything to keep them on the slopes all day, every day. Speak to any skier and most will tell you they stopped skiing because they tore their Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Commonly felt as a ‘pop’ when the lower leg twists causing too much strain on the main ligament holding it in place. Well DonJoy have a knee brace that will allow you to ski with... Read More


Sprained Knee

TweetWhat is a Knee Sprain? A sprained knee is an injury which can be experienced by feeling a pain in the knee area of the leg. Symptoms of a knee sprain include swelling, pain, stiffness or buckling. There are a number of causes of a sprained knee including falls and injuries incurred during physical activity. Treating a knee sprain is dependent on how serious the sprain is. A minor sprain may only need rest and medication, whereas a more serious sprain may require surgery. Evaluation from a doctor is important... Read More


Runners Knee

TweetWhat is Runners Knee? Runner’s knee occurs when the kneecap (patella) becomes out of alignment preventing it from smoothly sliding up and down the groove in the femur. Owing to its name, this injury is one of the most common amongst long-distance runners. Causes Overpronation Weakness or imbalance in the quadriceps Tightness in the hamstrings, calf muscles or IT band Poor footwear Poor running technique Symptoms Pain and soreness behind and around the knee cap Pain when resuming activity Aching and stiffness Clicking sensation when bending the knee Treatment RICE... Read More