STAR PT: 3 Steps to Healthier Knees

NEWSLETTER February, 2020

WALK AWAY FROM UNWANTED KNEE PAIN WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

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Knee Pain Relief with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

damaged. Fractures are typically the result of some type of trauma, such as a harsh fall or collision. • Torn ACL. An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear occurs when one of the ligaments connecting your shinbone to your thighbone becomes torn. This is a common injury for athletes who participate in sports that are physically-demanding on the knees, such as basketball, track and field, or soccer. • Torn meniscus. The job of the meniscus is to act as a shock absorber between the shinbone and thighbone. It is made up of thick cartilage, but it can be torn if your knee twists too suddenly while weight is still being put on it. • Patellar tendinitis. Your tendons are thick connective tissues that attach muscles to bones. Tendinitis occurs when one or multiple tendons become inflamed. The patellar tendon, located in the knee, typically becomes inflamed through repetitive jumping motions common in sports such as skiing, cycling, or hurdling. • Knee bursitis. Bursae are small fluid sacs that act as cushions outside of your joints. Knee bursitis occurs when the bursae in your knee becomes inflamed, limiting the ability for your tendons and ligaments to move smoothly over the joint.

Knee pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to walk, run, and move. It may even hinder your ability to do some of the activities

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you love. Fortunately, our physical therapy treatments at Star Physical Therapy can get you moving once again by relieving your pain and enhancing your body’s natural healing process. What are some common knee injuries? Your knee is one of the largest joints in your body, made up of a complex system of bones, tendons, and ligaments. Because of this, the knee can be easily injured due to overexertion or repetitive motions. Some common knee injuries include: •Arthritis. Themostcommon typeofarthritisforknee pain is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage surrounding your joints deteriorates from “wear and tear.”This causes uncomfortable friction as the joint no longer has a sufficient cushion between the bone. Rheumatoid arthritis is another common cause of knee pain. This is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes the joints to become swollen and inflamed, with varying levels of severity. • Fracture. A fracture occurs when one of the bones in the knee (including the kneecap, or patella) become

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