PTII: Keep Your Knees Safe

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Keep Your Knees Safe by Preventing Injuries


Dr. Jordan L. Goldstein, M.D.

(continued inside) Approximately one-third of Americans will experience knee pain at some point in their lives, either due to injury or an underlying condition.

Al Flores, PT, CFCE Director of Rehab

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Keep Your Knees Safe by Preventing Injuries

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• Patellofemoral syndrome. This condition is also known as anterior knee pain syndrome. It is caused when the cartilage underneath the kneecap becomes stretched, torn, or otherwise damaged from injury or excessive overuse. • 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. • Dislocation. Dislocations of knee can occur as a result of a fall or other sort of trauma. If you are experiencing pain from a recent slip or fall, you may be feeling the symptoms of a dislocation. • Tears. There are four ligaments in the knees that have a possible risk of tearing. The most commonly torn ligament is the “anterior cruciate ligament,” or ACL. It is also possible for cartilage to tear, causing pain. Tears are typically a result of some sort of trauma experienced to the painful area.

Your knees are hinge joints that allow for the forward-and-backward motions within the joint. The 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 and repetitive motions. Fortunately, many injuries can be prevented by simply taking preventative measures. If you participate in a sport, hobby, or career that is physically demanding on the knees, Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois can help you prevent unwanted injuries. Contact us today to learn more! What are some common knee injuries? While there are many different types of knee injuries, some common ones include: • 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 motions.


There are many simple tasks you can do on your own to make sure you are at a low risk of sustaining an injury.

These include, but are not limited to: 1. Prepare for the terrain. Whether you’re hiking, biking, or simply taking a stroll, it is important to prepare for the terrain beforehand. Knee injuries are common when moving or biking along unsteady surfaces. Hiking boots with proper traction will help you maneuver those uneven terrains without the risk of slipping or falling. If needed, custom orthotics may also be fitted to your boots, in order to make the journey easier and more comfortable for you, in addition to decreasing your risk of injury. While biking, it is important to make sure you have a thick tread that isn’t worn-down and that your wheels can sustain any rocks or sticks you may bike over. 2. Train your body. It is important to train your body for any physically demanding event, whether it be a sport, hobby, or job. By training, doing proper warm-ups and cool-downs after a workout, maintaining a nutritious diet, and strengthening the necessary parts of your body, you can greatly decrease your risk of sustaining an injury. 3. Run responsibly. Running can lead to some accidental injuries, such as Achilles tendinitis, sprains, or shin splints. By wearing the proper footwear and maintaining a proper running technique during the summer months, you can run responsibly without the risk of sustaining an injury. Make sure your feet are always aimed in the direction you are running, your body is leaned forward, and your knees are soft and bent, in order to lessen the impact of the ground. Most importantly – always warm up beforehand! Contact us to find out other ways we can help you improve your technique.

Schedule a consultation today! At Physical Therapy Institute of Illinois, we want you to be able to enjoy your life without risking an undesirable knee injury. If you find yourself in any sort of pain, or if you’d like some extra assistance in injury prevention, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can design an individualized treatment plan for you, based on your specific needs and goals!

COME BACK IN FOR A CONSULTATION! Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, you can choose the physical therapy practice you want! Come back to PTII for a consultation today!

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

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Dr. Jordan L. Goldstein, M.D. specializes in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, and knee conditions with advanced arthroscopic shoulder and knee ligament reconstructive techniques, shoulder replacement, and cartilage restoration. Dr. Goldstein promotes conservative therapy as the first option for his patients, before ever considering surgery.

has taught as an associate master instructor for arthroscopic surgery techniques for the Arthroscopy Association of North America in addition to publishing several peer reviewed research articles and presenting didactic lectures. Dr. Goldstein has presented advanced arthroscopic video techniques to practicing surgeons at national meetings as well. Dr. Goldstein has been recognized with hospital distinctions for his compassionate and excellence in care of patients and prides himself on having the highest standards of respect and ethics for his patients. His goal is your goal- improved function, less pain and a better quality of life. He listens to his patients and works closely with physical and occupational therapists to get the best outcomes with conservative treatment or post-operatively. Procedures such as arthroscopic rotator cuff repair of the shoulder, meniscal treatment, and ACL reconstruction of the knee are done on an outpatient basis. This minimizes post-operative pain, increases the potential for rehabilitation and can lead to a quicker recovery. Dr. Goldstein enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He is active in basketball, golf and especially tennis having been a national junior tennis player.

A graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Goldstein completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush University Medical Center, helping cover as the team physician for local high school and semi- professional teams. He then completed a sports fellowship at Emory University followed by 3 months of additional training in advanced shoulder reconstruction at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute. While in Atlanta, Dr. Goldstein served as assistant team physician for Emory University Baseball and Basketball as well as Georgia Tech Football, Basketball, and Baseball teams. Dr. Goldstein completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Goldstein is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He

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Try these exercises to get you moving...


KNEE EXTENSION Lie on your back with knee slightly bent. Straighten knee by pushing the back of your knee toward the floor.

LUNGE Start by standing with feet shoulder-width-apart. Next, take a step forward and allow your front knee to bend. Your back knee may bend as well. Then, return to original position, or you may walk and take a step forward and repeat with the other leg. Keep your pelvis level and straight the entire time. Your front knee should bend in line with the 2nd toe and not pass the front of the foot.

Relieves Knee Pain

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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