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goPhysio Joint Focus: Knee Pain in Adults

Posted on 8th February 2017 by

knee pain in adultsThe knee is the largest joint in the body. It is extremely mobile yet highly stable, allowing us to walk, jump and run.

It relies on both the stability of the pelvis above and the foot below for peak performance. If these become impaired, it’s ability to be stable yet mobile is compromised and injury often occurs. The knee is often injured during sporting activities, is prone to ‘wear & tear’ and a common problem in adolescents during or after growth spurts.


 

Common Knee Injuries

Many common injuries affect the knee, these include:

If you’re suffering with knee pain and it’s stopping you doing what you love or being as active as you need to be, our team can help you. We offer a range of services from our clinic in Chandlers Ford, which can help identify & resolve your knee problems and also address the prevention of knee injuries.

If you want any advice, please do give us a call on 023 8025 3317 or you can book an appointment online.


Mechanism of Injury – How can a physio help?

Posted on 11th July 2016 by

Anyone who watched lasts nights Euro’s 2016 Final would have seen that Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo had to be stretchered off following an earlier knee injury.
Ronaldo Euro knee injuryWhen you come for a physiotherapy assessment having suffered an injury, you’ll find the Physio will spend time asking you lots of questions about your injury. What exactly you were doing, how you think it happened, how it felt immediately afterwards?………The reason for this is that  the ‘mechanism of injury’ can give a lot of clues as to what exactly may be injured and it will guide the physical part of the assessment.

Obviously, a live football match has the benefit of being filmed, so it is very clear what the mechanism of injury was in Ronaldo’s case. His left foot is firmly fixed to the ground and his leg is rotated, with his opponent exerting a force with his knee onto the outside of Ronaldo’s knee. The potential consequence of this is overstitching of the medial (inside part of his knee), compression of the lateral (outside part of his knee) combined with the rotation – this combination could mean damage to his medial collateral ligament, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and/or damage to his meniscus (cartilage). It could be a nasty injury, as yet there is no word.

So, our job involves a fair bit of detective work! It’s not always easy, as these things happen very quickly. But having a really good think about what may have happened to cause of contribute to your injury can be really helpful.


Female Footballers & ACL Injuries

Posted on 14th October 2014 by

I read an interesting article this week on the BBC Sport website that highlighted the high levels of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in women’s football. This season alone, there have been 9 ACL injuries – all resulting in a long period out injured. For Rachel Unitt, a Notts County and England player, this is her second ACL injury in 16 months and could spell the end of her career. This is obviously a huge issue and needs to be addressed.

FIFA has recently completed a research study that showed female footballers are between 2 – 6 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury.

They suggested there may be a physiological reason for this, such as:

  • Wider hipsfemale footballers
  • Increased Q angle (measured by the line between the front of the pelvis and the knee cap)
  • Under developed muscles – mainly hamstrings and gluteus medius

The study also suggested around 70% of all ACL injuries are non
-contact, meaning they are preventable and can be avoided.

FIFA have suggested following a specific exercise regime to help strengthen and support the knee. This is supported by Physiotherapists and Sport Scientists who work alongside the teams to help prevent injury.

The exercises include lunges, squats, running drills plus core exercises – bridging and clams to help build hamstring and gluteal strength, similar to the exercises we do in our Pilates classes.

FIFA are hoping an increased awareness and dedicated prevention will reduce the amount of injuries for female footballers – we’ll have to wait and see what happens over the coming seasons!