Participating in sports and exercising regularly is obviously good for both your physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, it can also lead to injuries, which may range in severity from minor sprains to major ligament tears. These injuries can be a result of overtraining and poor technique, improper or worn footwear, simple accidents and a whole host of other reasons.
At My Knee Doctor Cheshire, we can give you the right advice and solutions for all your knee problems and sports injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries we see.
Strains and Sprains
Such injuries may be caused by any kind of physical activity. “Sprains” are caused when a ligament tears or over-stretches. A “muscle strain”, also referred to as a “pulled muscle”, results from over-stretching or tearing of fibres within a muscle or tendon. Strains or sprains commonly affect ankles, knees or wrists. At My Knee Doctor Cheshire, we offer advice and complete solutions for such problems.
A fracture is a broken bone. The bones around the knee that are commonly affected are the patella, the tibia, and the femur. Fractures can be acute due to a sudden injury or fall or they can occur slowly over a prolonged time, usually as a result of overtraining, these are also known as stress fractures.
A stress fracture occurs due to repeated stress on a bone over time. An acute fracture can happen due to sudden fall or high energy trauma.
When the bones of the knee move out of their place partially or completely, a dislocation occurs. An incomplete or partial dislocation is also known as a subluxation. Dislocations can be caused by high energy trauma like falls or motor vehicle accidents. They can also be caused by contact sports like football or rugby.Excessive stretching and twisting in sports such as judo and other martial arts can also cause dislocations.
Anterior and Posterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
The anterior or posterior cruciate ligament can be torn or injured due to rapid or sudden change in directions, incorrect landing from a jump or from tackles and falls. This injury is common among athletes and players of rugby, football and netball. ACL injuries affect other structures in the knee, such as the articular cartilage, meniscus, or other ligaments.
Due to forced contraction and overstretching the quadriceps and patellar tendons can be torn. Players who are involved in running or jumping sports suffer tendon tears due to direct force to the front of the knee or landing awkwardly from a jump.
For any advice related to sports injuries contact us at My Knee Doctor Cheshire. Our team of experts have a solution for knee problems of any kind; contact us today to get relief from any knee pain resulting from sports injuries.