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Team Sports

Team sports, including football, rugby, netball, and basketball, usually involve rapid twisting movements of the knee. Knee injuries with these sports are unfortunately extremely common.

With large numbers of people taking part at all levels of ability – from elite professionals through to the occasional ‘weekend warrior’ – these sports cause a great number of knee injuries.

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Sports injury

Common sports injuries that I see in my clinic include; simple sprains, complex ligament injuries, cartilage tears, and even broken bones. Early assessment and accurate diagnosis allows you to get the right treatment, a quicker recovery and ultimately a better outcome.

Early diagnosis and treatment of conditions like ligament tears can help prevent further damage in your knee and lessens the chance of you developing painful arthritis in the future.

Getting the right treatment from an expert can help speed up your return to the “field of play”, getting you back to the activities you enjoy.

Knee injuries can and do happen with these high-energy sports. The most common of these sports injuries include:

  • Simple sprains and minor tears can be managed non-surgically with the help of a physiotherapist. More major tears, however, should be treated with a knee brace (splint), which needs to be provided as soon as possible ideally within a week of injury.

    Most MCL injuries heal with bracing, and patients make an excellent recovery. Delays in diagnosis, however, can lead to an unstable knee, which sometimes will need knee ligament surgery, with less predictable results.

  • A tear or rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a serious ligament injury. It can cause your knee to become unstable, especially when twisting or changing direction (cutting). In the long term, it increases the risk of your knee wearing out early (osteoarthritis).

    These injuries can be managed with physiotherapy alone or, by a combination of physiotherapy and ACL reconstruction surgery. Early advice from an expert such as My Knee Doc is important to make the best possible recovery and to avoid further injury.

  • The knee meniscus is often torn during twisting sports. The knee meniscus can tear when your foot gets caught on the ground whilst the body carries on twisting. The medial (inner) meniscus is more commonly torn. This can cause pain and sometimes locking and instability of your knee.

    Small tears can heal and the symptoms can settle down with time. If discomfort continues to limit your activities for over 4 to 6 weeks, then treatment including knee arthroscopy (simple keyhole surgery) may help speed up your recovery.

    ‘Locked’ knees, which cannot be fully straightened, require urgent assessment. Often, early surgery is advised to save the meniscus and to improve your range of movement.

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