SPORTS KNEE INJURY
The anterior cruciate ligament is usually injured during sport when the knee is loaded and a twisting force is applied. If a patient wishes to return to sport and can no longer trust their knee, an ACL reconstruction may be recommended. Rehab is essential - this injury and procedure requires patient commitment to ongoing treatment with a physiotherapist.
Other knee ligaments may be damaged during an injury and these may be able to be treated effectively with specialised bracing of the knee, followed by physiotherapy. If the knee improvements are not satisfactory, surgery may be required.
Knee pain can be caused by increased demands on the knee, poor biomechanics and over training. This can lead to pain in the surrounding structures of the knee through tendonitis, bursitis or impingement.
Soft tissue injuries of the knee in children are becoming more prevalent. The majority of cases can be managed with bracing and physiotherapy. Adequate assessment by an orthopaedic surgeon is important to prevent longstanding effects of more significant injuries.