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Knee Injuries

Patella Tendonitis

Tweet SUMMARY Causes Repetitive or prolonged activity Frequent jumping and landing – particularly on hard surface Rapid acceleration while running Poor footwear Playing or training on an unhealed injury Symptoms Aching or stiffness above or below the knee cap Pain directly over the Patellar Tendon Weakness in the knee Pain gradually worsens during exercise Treatment RICE method after exercise Anti-inflammatory Medication A patella tracking strap or brace Good fitting running shoes Controlled strengthening and stretching activities What is Patella Tendonitis? The patellar tendon is the tendon around the knee which... Read More

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

Tweet SUMMARY Causes Can be sudden impact or overuse injury Twisting force or hyperextension the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflammation Inability to bear weight Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory Medication Supports and Braces Strengthening and Stretching exercises Surgery What is a PCL Injury? The posterior cruciate ligament is one of the ligaments found in the outer part of the knee which attaches the front... Read More

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear

Tweet SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury Twisting force or direct impact to the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Landing from a jump Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflammation Inability to bear weight Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory Medication Supports and Braces Strengthening and Stretching exercises Surgery What is an MCL Tear? The medial collateral ligament is one of the major ligaments found in the inner part of the knee which attaches... Read More

Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury

Tweet SUMMARY Causes Overuse injury Twisting force or direct impact to the knee Rapid direction changes Tackling, collisions and falls (common in football and rugby) Symptoms Popping sensation and pain in the knee Pain at the inner aspect of the knee Swelling and inflammation Inability to bear weight Treatment RICE method Anti-inflammatory Medication Supports and Braces Strengthening and Stretching exercises Surgery What is an LCL Injury? The lateral collateral ligament is one of the major ligaments found in the outer part of the knee which attaches the outer part of... Read More

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

Tweet SUMMARY Causes Violent over-twisting of the knee Lower leg forced forward Common in skiing Sudden change of direction Symptoms Audible pop sound at time of the injury Minor tears – slight pain at start, increasing Swelling and stiffness Unnatural movement of knee joint Major tears – leg will not hold weight Treatment Combination of rest and physiotherapy Knee brace to correct alignment and promote healing RICE within first 72 hours Strengthning exercises in later recovery Surgery may be required for major tears or ruptures What is an ACL Tear?... Read More

VIDEO – This discovery could get Walcott to the World Cup

Tweet Could this discovery improve ACL injury recovery times? Theo Walcott is the latest premier league star to be struck down with the dreaded ACL injury. This is devastating news for the young Arsenal and England player with the 2014 world cup fast approaching. Walcott has been ruled out for six months, which would mean he will miss this summer’s World Cup tournament in Brazil. However, things might be looking up for Theo, if two Belgian surgeons are to be believed. Professor Johan Bellmans has offered Walcott a glimmer of... Read More

Surgical break through for patients who suffer Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears

Tweet Two knee surgeons at the University Hospital Leuven, Belgium, have discovered a previously unknown ligament in the human knee. For the last four years, orthopaedic surgeons Dr Steven Claes and Professor Dr Johan Bellemans have been conducting research into serious ACL injuries and have unearthed some fascinating results. The pair found that in spite of successful ACL repair surgery and rehabilitation, some patients with ACL-repaired knees continue to experience so-called ‘pivot shift’, or episodes where the knee ‘gives way’ during activity. In 1879 an article by a French surgeon... Read More

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Skiing Knee Brace Guide

TweetWhich is the best knee brace for skiing? Because of the specific stresses and strains that skiing excerpts on the knee, we can significantly narrow down our range of knee braces to suit skiing. Here are our top 5 skiing knee braces |Donjoy Armour//PDJ99| This is the best skiing knee brace we have tried. It has a very high level of support with a lightweight aluminium frame making it comfortable to wear all day on the slopes. It does not come too far down the shin so a ski boot... Read More

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Can I wear a knee support during a football match, or am I breaking the rules?

TweetWith the Brazilian World Cup now in full swing, we’re going to examine one of the most regular injuries in football.  Knee injuries are common in football due to the contact element of tackles, as well as the fast paced cutting and turning manoeuvres. In order to get back to playing as soon as possible and to feel more confident in the joint’s stability, many players make the decision to wear a knee support. But have you thought about the safety impact of other players, and are all types of knee support... Read More