Each year, millions visit doctors and emergency rooms with injured knees. The knees are one of the most commonly injured joints. Sprains and strains account for the most common types of knee injury.
What Is The Difference Between Sprained & Strained Knees?
Sprain or strain injuries are descriptive of injuries sustained in muscles, tendons, or ligaments. A sprained knee is an injury that involves tendons or muscles. Tendons are the rope-like extensions of your muscles to attach them to a bone. On the other hand, a strained knee is an injury confined to ligaments.
Ligaments are the fibrous connective tissues that connect the bones of a joint. Sprains heal faster than strains. The main reason why a sprain heals more quickly is the amount of blood flow. Your muscles have higher blood flow compared to the ligaments. As such, they heal faster. However, sprains located at distal parts of a tendon (the part that attaches to the bone) heal as slow as a ligament.
What Are The Common Injured Knee Parts During A Knee Injury?
The knee is a significant weight-bearing joint, allowing agility. Your knee’s health is essential in having the ability to move quickly and with ease while walking or running. Knees are complex joints. Injuries can occur at any of the structures:
- Cartilage (the meniscus or the shiny smooth covering at the ends of bones)
- Bones (thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia and fibula), and the kneecap (patella)
- Bursae (a bursa is a fluid-filled sac that prevent friction)
Here are the common knee injuries:
- Fractures Dislocations (dislocation of patella, distal femur, proximal tibia, or proximal fibula)
- Bursitis (inflammation of a bursa)
- Tendonitis (inflamed tendons) Tendon tears
- ACL injuries (Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears)
- PCL injuries (Posterior Cruciate Ligament tears)
- Collateral ligament injury (tears of the medial or lateral collateral ligaments)
- Meniscal injuries (tears of the medial or lateral meniscus)
- IT band injury (injury or damages of the iliotibial band)
- Muscle tears (sprain of the quadriceps or hamstring)
What Is The Best Treatment For Knee Injury?
Knee Injury is the most common cause of knee pain. Neglect or ignoring an acute knee injury can predispose you to premature wear and tear. However, an acute knee injury can happen at any age. But, it is most common in those under the age of 50.
In the knees: ligaments and cartilage are the most common injured structures. Sports that involve running, jumping, or sudden stopping and turning increase your risks of injuring your knees. Knee injuries are common in soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, cricket, and baseball. Contact sports such as rugby, football (American football), and martial arts are activities predisposing you to an injury. However, more common than sudden or acute knee injuries are injuries caused by overuse or overload.
Valuable advice to all knee injury patients: protect, rest, and ice the injured knee. If the pain continues for more than a day, call one of our centers. You should also call us immediately if the severity of knee pain is significant or if you heard a “pop” right before the pain in your knee. There are many sensitive structures in the knee. A mild injury could become quite severe if neglected. The most common surgical procedure an orthopedic surgeon performs is knee surgery, yet most knee surgeries fail!
What Should You Do When Injure Your Knee?
If you have injured your knee, you will benefit from cryotherapy. However, it would help if you took care to avoid damaging your skin or the injured knee’s soft tissues.
Cryotherapy is the fancy name for “ice therapy.” Ice works faster and better than any NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as Celebrex, diclofenac, Cataflam, Voltaren, as others, are prescribed by general practitioners or orthopedic surgeons.
Call or visit us today for the best holistic physiotherapy and advanced clinical chiropractic treatment options. Drugs, injections, and surgery should be the last option. No one has died from knee injuries, but many have passed due to overdosing or allergic reactions to chemicals or from surgical complications. Let our clinical team guide your recovery today.
When Should You Start Treatment Of Your Knee Injury?
The consensus on knee pain is to get therapy whenever your knees hurt. Avoid surgery, especially arthroscopic knee surgery, as it is a useless operation, benefiting hospitals and surgeons alike. Surgery should be the last thing on your mind. If injured, apply ice and call one of our expert chiropractors. We have very targeted knee therapy protocols.
The best advice, of course, is to protect your knees and prevent an injury in the first place: a point most relevant to the young who think of themselves as indestructible. Warm-up before an event and take a break when you get tired. But, if you have injured your knee and the pain is lingering, you need to be assessed by our expert chiropractic care for knee pain in Malaysia today.
How To Avoid Knee Injury?
Athletes are at an elevated risk for sudden injuries requiring immediate therapy to ensure timely recovery and prevent worsening of the condition. Surgery, such as those to reattach a fully torn ligament, has been shown effective, but once the surgical intervention is complete, rehabilitation and specific therapy and treatments must follow. Otherwise, you will undergo additional surgical intervention over and over.
Surgery for knee pain has had limited application. In fact, recent research reported arthroscopic surgery as ineffective. So, before opting for a surgical procedure, let our team assess your knee. We have some of the best clinical chiropractors in Malaysia.
Therapy (research-based chiropractic and clinical physiotherapy) is more important than surgery. Cutting and sewing are not magical; correcting the imbalance and strengthening tissue to prevent recurrence requires talent, skills, and knowledge. These are qualities that set our clinal teams apart from the competition. Call one of our centers to experience our difference.
Neglected Injuries Can Lead To Arthritis
Our chiropractors and physiotherapists have developed specialized therapeutic procedures and methods that will allow you to have painless knees without going under the knife. And if you happen to be one of those unlikely ones where you have had several knee surgeries and still live in pain, call us. Let us help you get back to a healthy, active life. We can help even if your surgeon has failed or if there is nothing left to cut.
It has been our experience that most knee conditions respond to a combination of non-invasive treatments such as applying heat or cold and temporarily restraining activities that aggravate the pain. Exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the knee help reduce stress on the knee joint and prevent re-injury. Our chiropractors may recommend custom-made orthotics or functional footwear to aid your speedy recovery in addition to the above-listed procedures. The best treatment for knee injury or knee pain is when you recover without surgery or medication.