Individuals who actively participate in sports and physical activities are more exposed to physical injuries. Canada is recognized for its strong culture and great love for sports and outdoor activities. Contact sports such as hockey and soccer as well as activities like skiing and snowboarding are the typical sports played by the Canadians.

Thus, injuries ranging from sprains, strains and serious injuries like fractures or ligament tears are not uncommon among them who regularly engage in these activities. Experiencing these common and serious injuries can harm a person’s physical and mental well-being consequently, affecting their daily activities and lifestyle.

The knees are the largest joint of the human body. Essentially, it provides stable support and enables the legs to bend and straighten. Hence, knees can be easily damaged and injured.

The following common knee injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains- predominant type of knee injury
  • Torn ligament, such as a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)
  • Damage to the cartilage that lines the knee
  • Torn meniscus (the cartilage between the shinbone and thighbone)
  • Irritation to the kneecap joint

Less common injuries to the knee include:

  • Fractures
  • Kneecap dislocations
  • Knee joint dislocations

5   Things You Should NOT Do When You Have A Knee Injury:

  1. Ignoring the injury and pain signals. Pushing through activities despite discomfort can worsen the injury.
  2. Self-diagnosing and treating the knee injuries without seeking professional medical advice.
  3. Neglecting or skipping physical therapy sessions. This can result in slower recovery and lead to long-term complications.
  4. Putting too much weight on the injured knee
  5. Participating in activities that require deep knee bending and twisting motions.

What are the things that you should do when you have a knee injury?

  • Rest the injured knee and seek medical attention if necessary
  • Avoid engaging in high- impact activities that includes running, jumping, or playing sports as these can put more stress on the knee injured and worsen the injury
  • Consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan

What are the available treatments for a knee injury?

Most people with a knee injury will be prescribed to have a prompt treatment or physiotherapy and an extensive rehabilitation program. At the Evergreen Rehab and Wellness clinic, medical professionals offer a multidisciplinary approach to sports injury treatment, incorporating different holistic treatments such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage, manual osteopathy and acupuncture.

Different treatments may be required for more serious knee injuries:

  • ACL rupture
  • PCL rupture
  • Other ligament injuries
  • Meniscal tear
  • Dislocated kneecap or fracture

After your consultation and receiving your treatment, it is important to go back to your doctor if:

  • The pain or swelling doesn’t get better in a few days
  • The symptoms become worse
  • Experienced fever or redness in your knee

Aside from the mentioned common knee injury, other knee damage can also occur from underlying disease such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Other knee injuries can be treated by:

  • Resting the injured joint for at least two (2) days
  • Apply ice packs for twenty (20) minutes every two (2) hours
  • Firmly bandage the injury or use a compression stocking
  • Lie or sit with your legs raised

Other common incidents that lead to knee injuries recorded in Canada are:

  1. Sports-related injuries
  2. Motor vehicle accidents
  3. Work-related injuries
  4. Fall-related injuries
  5. Recreational injuries

How can I prevent these injuries?

Sport injuries require efficient prevention. Certain measures such as wearing appropriate safety gear, proper training, conditioning, maintaining a healthy weight and adherence to safety guidelines can help to prevent and reduce the risk of acquiring these injuries.

Suffering from a knee injury? Our custom treatment plans are designed just for you. From chiropractic care to acupuncture, our holistic approach helps you with recovery and prevention from sports injuries. Schedule for an assessment and treatment today at Coquitlam, Langley or Surrey clinics today.

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