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Overuse injuries

Overuse of your knee joints, also known as repetitive injury can lead to a variety of knee conditions. These usually occur due to localised inflammation and irritation to the ligaments and tendons around the knee joint.

Modification in activity including rest combined with physiotherapy usually helps. However, if the problems persist, surgical treatment may be necessary.

Here’s a look at some of the common knee conditions causes by knee overuse injuries.

Overuse injuries

Overuse of your knee joints, also known as repetitive injury can lead to a variety of knee conditions. These usually occur due to localised inflammation and irritation to the ligaments and tendons around the knee joint.

Modification in activity including rest combined with physiotherapy usually helps. However, if the problems persist, surgical treatment may be necessary.

Here’s a look at some of the common knee conditions causes by knee overuse injuries.

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Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendonitis)

When you experience pain in the front of your knee just below your kneecap or patella, it could be a sign of jumper’s knee. The pain may become severe or stay the same affecting any activity you to indulge in.

Detecting it early is crucial. Specialist physiotherapy usually helps in curing the condition. However, if the situation does not improve in spite of good physiotherapy then surgery or injection therapy may become necessary to help you get back to your usual routine and activity. If you experience pain at the front of your knee, you can contact My Knee Doc for assessment.

Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendonitis) Facts

2x more common in males

Over 70% will improve with non-surgical treatment

3.2 x bodyweight = force in patella tendon when climbing stairs

over 25% of athletes will suffer anterior knee pain

Accounts for 2.4% of all injuries in elite football

Jumper’s Knee (Patellar Tendonitis) Facts

2x more common in males

Over 70% will improve with non-surgical treatment

3.2 x bodyweight = force in patella tendon when climbing stairs

over 25% of athletes will suffer anterior knee pain

Accounts for 2.4% of all injuries in elite football

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITB Syndrome)

This is a common occurrence in runners and other activities like cycling and walking. It often occurs when the intensity or duration of activity is increased. Symptoms include pain around the knee and swelling during/post activity.

The first thing we will usually do is to ensure the pain is not caused by a lateral cartilage tear. Usually, a specialist physiotherapist will be able to treat your condition. However, in rare cases, surgical treatment or injection therapy might be needed.

Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITB Syndrome) Facts

One of the most common overuse injuries in runners 

Iliotibial band extends from the pelvis crossing the hip and knee joint 

The iliotibial band attaches onto the tibia just below the knee 

Can be caused by running on a banked surface such as the side of a road or indoor track

ITB syndrome can occur in cyclists and swimmers

Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)

The pain in the joint between the kneecap and thighbone is sometimes called patella-femoral syndrome. This is the most common cause for pain at the front of the knee. It could be caused by knee overuse injuries.

When you are running, the knee is under a lot of stress. This may lead to your kneecap rubbing against the thighbone leading to irritation and an aching pain.

The major symptom is pain around the kneecap. The pain usually comes on gradually and gets worse. It can be aggravated if you sit for a long time. You may hear grinding or clicking noise when bending or straightening the knee. The knee may feel weak as well.

Runner’s Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome) Facts

Almost anyone can get it

Also known as Patello-Femoral Pain Syndrome

Most common injury suffered by runners

Also known as “cinema knee” caused by sitting for a long time

Over 40% of pro-cyclists will get anterior knee pain

Most will respond to non-surgical treatment

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More often than not, rest and rehabilitation physiotherapy can help. Getting the right diagnosis and early treatment can speed up your recovery.

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