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 a knee injury.
What is the Difference between a Sprained Knee and a Strained Knee?
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 it a bone. On the other hand, a strained knee is an injury confined to ligaments. Ligaments are the fibrous connective tissues that connect 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; the 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 parts during a Knee Injury?
The knee is a significant weight-bearing joint, allowing agility. The health of your knee 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 Treatments 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. Although 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.
Important 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 pain is significant or if you heard a “pop” right before the pain. There are many sensitive structures in the knee. A mild injury could become quite severe if neglected. In fact, the most common surgical procedure an orthopedic surgeon performs is knee surgery, and yet most knee surgeries fail!
What should you do if you have an Injure your Knee?
If you have injured your knee, you will benefit from cryotherapy. However, care should be taken to avoid damaging your skin or the soft tissues of the injured knee. 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, 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 knee treatment for an injury?
The consensus on knee pain is to get therapy whenever your knees hurt. Avoid surgery, especially the Arthroscopic Knee Surgery as it is a useless operation; benefiting hospital 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 a 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 that requires immediate therapy to ensure timely recovery and to 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 the knee pain has had limited application. In fact, recent research reported the 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, strengthening tissue to prevent a recurrence require talent, skills, and knowledge. These qualities are deeply embedded in all our clinical team members. Call one of our centers to experience our difference.
Neglected Injuries Can Lead to Arthritis
People with advanced knee arthritis (osteoarthritis) are encouraged to get knee replacement surgery. However, knee replacement surgery can be avoided. Surgery should be the last option. 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 from 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. In addition to the above-listed procedures, our chiropractors may recommend a custom-made orthotics or functional footwear to aid your speedy recovery. The best treatment for knee injury or knee pain is one where you recover without the need for surgery or medication.