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Rehabilitation Strategies For Athletes Recovering From Knee Injuries

Rehabilitation Strategies For Athletes Recovering From Knee Injuries

Imagine – your knee twists as you collide with another player. Or, you fall awkwardly after a layup during a neighborhood basketball game. Whatever the circumstances, your knee is injured. You need treatment and a program of rehabilitation to get you back in the game. Let’s explore some rehab strategies for athletes just like you who are recovering from knee injuries.

Types of Knee Injuries

Sprains, strains, and kneecap fractures can happen to athletes of all ages who pursue activities at all skill levels. Some of the most common knee injuries are jumper’s knee, and inflammation related to the tendons of the knee. Injuries can also include tears in the C-shaped meniscus between the upper and lower leg bones and tears in the anterior cruciate ligament which stabilizes the action of the knee joint.

Knee injuries may develop over time through repeated overuse or poor training techniques. These types of injuries are chronic in nature. Other injuries may occur suddenly and are called acute injuries, such as a kneecap fracture.

Whatever your knee injury, you should seek medical attention if you experience:

  • Extreme or worsening pain in the knee
  • Creaking, grinding noises coming from the knee
  • A noticeable deformity
  • Swelling
  • Extensive bruising
  • Extreme knee joint stiffness
  • Limited ability to bear weight and ambulate on the affected joint

Assessing Knee Injuries

Your healthcare provider will visually inspect your knee, assess your weight-bearing and movement capabilities and discuss your medical history. Also, you will undergo digital imaging, such as X-rays, MRI or CT scan. These test findings will help you and your provider determine the exact nature and severity of your injury.

What Treatment and Rehabilitation for a Knee Injury Can Involve

The first and best treatment choices for a knee injury are:

  • Rest (get off and stay off the affected knee)
  • Ice (15 minutes on and 15 minutes off to reduce swelling)
  • Compression with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling and pain and to provide support
  • Elevation of the injured leg above the level of your heart

From there, you should seek medical assessment and treatment from an orthopedic specialist who may recommend pain management with NSAIDS, bracing, cortisone injections to relieve inflammation or even surgery depending on the nature of your knee injury.

At NIVA Health, our knee pain program caters to the specific health needs and therapeutic and training goals of athletes whatever the age or skill level. We offer individualized care plans which include natural, regenerative treatments which work with and enhance the body’s own ability to heal.

Our knee pain program, tailored to your diagnosis, may include:

  • A program of physical therapy (massage, stretching, bracing, assistive devices and more)
  • Over the counter pain medications
  • Viscosupplementation, injections of hyaluronic acid which add a measure of cushioning and comfort to the knee joint
  • PRP therapy, injections of the patient’s blood platelets, concentrated to maximize healing and tissue repair properties

Also, any knee rehabilitation program educates the patient on ways to train more effectively and safely. Advice from our healthcare providers may include:

  • Gradual introduction of any new exercise or sporting activity
  • Losing weight
  • Staying well-hydrated
  • Always warming up before and cooling down after a game or workout
  • Cross-training in different sports or activities to use all muscle groups
  • Stretching daily
  • Wearing proper shoes and protective equipment (which fits and is not overly worn)

Finally, your rehab team will help you train more effectively so that you understand your body’s strengths and weaknesses. You will avoid acute musculoskeletal injuries and slow down degenerative processes, such as osteoarthritis in the knee, hips and other major body joints.

Knee Pain Treatment in Jacksonville, FL

If you would like to know more about avoiding knee injuries and rehab for problems related to sports and exercise, we recommend you call your local office of NIVA Health. We help people improve their joint health and function and learn ways to stay healthy and active without pain medication or surgery.

Call us at (866) 377-5872 or request your visit online. We have seven locations to serve you, and we look forward to seeing you in person soon.

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