How do Knee Ligament Injuries Happen?
These happen as a result of trauma, either a sudden twisting injury or change of direction, e.g. while skiing, playing football or tennis. The most common ligaments to be injured are the MCL and ACL and they frequently occur together with a tear of the medial meniscus (cartilage). A ligament sprain will take 4-6 weeks to recover with physiotherapy but a complete rupture will often require surgery to repair it depending on your age and level of activity.
What are Knee Ligaments?
Ligaments are tough bands of tissue which attach the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia and fibula (shin bones) to add strength and stability to the knee. They are not particularly flexible and so when stretched they stay stretched and when overstretched they can rupture or snap. The four main knee ligaments are the medial and lateral collateral ligaments (MCL and LCL) and the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL).
What PPASIC can do to treat Knee Ligament Injuries
- Electrotherapy and Ice – to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling and speed up the healing process.
- Mobilisations – to restore full range of movement in the knee.
- Specific Exercises – to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint to support and protect it.
- Taping – to offload the painful ligament while it is healing and take the strain off it.
- Rehab Programme – If your ligament has been surgically repaired we can offer you a bespoke rehabilitation programme to get you back to full function and fitness.
Suitable Products for Knee Ligament Injuries
- Knee Braces – we offer a wide variety of braces suitable to the severity of your injury to protect your knee while it is healing and when you return to sport.
- Ice Packs – We stock reusable, good quality ice packs, invaluable for all levels of injury!
- Wobble Boards and Cushions – To stabilise your knee and improve your balance to avoid recurrent injury.
These products are all available from PPASIC so call us on 01730 267645 for details or contact us via our website.