Knee Ligament Injuries
Background: The knee and the injuries that are involved in this joint are proved to be common and difficult to rehabilitate. In this blog, we will focus on injuries specifically to one of the four ligaments of the knee as shown above. Ligament sprains/strains/tears are most commonly acquired through sport related activities. The most common by far is the ACL tear which usually requires surgery to fix and can force an athlete to miss entire seasons before training again.
The best way to prevent a ligament sprain and especially a tear, is to maintain stability and strength in the muscles of the legs, glutes and core, ensuring you are warmed up before a workout/practice, and consulting a physiotherapist if you experience any sudden pain. Also, for prevention of any injury, be sure to stretch, ease into new exercises, and ensure you have a proper form with a stable base of support before and during an exercise (even in sports, think about how kicking a soccer ball for example affects your joints).
If you have injured your knee in the past, are currently rehabilitating, or would like to work at strengthening the ligaments of the knee for your personal athletic ventures, check out our latest series on the INSYNC youtube channel such as the ones here below!
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Knee Injury: Roller Bridges
Knee Ligament Injuries: Looped Band Bridges
If you have any pain during exercises, or are unsure about what you are doing, please consult your local physiotherapist before continuing.
pTHealth Canada. (2018). Ligaments of the Knee [Photo]. Retrieved from https://www.pthealth.ca/app/uploads/2018/10/knee-ligaments.jpg