PTII: Keep Your Knees Safe

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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.

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