N E W S L E T T E R WHAT IS RUNNER’S KNEE, AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Blog by: Vanessa Salguero, PTA
Chondromalacia patella, also know as, “runner’s knee,” is a common injury that we see today, specifically in young females. Chondromalacia patella (CMP) is defined as the softening and deterioration of the cartilage under the patella. CMP occurs due to improper alignment of the patella, which then causes the undersurface of the patella to grate and deteriorate along the femur during movement. Females are more prone to this injury secondary to having wider hips than men. Other individuals who can be predisposed to this common injury are flat-footed people, those who have muscle imbalances between the outer and inner quads, and those with an unusually shaped patellar undersurface. A common symptom that an individual will experience with CMP is discomfort in the inner aspect of the knee. This becomes aggravated by activity such as running, jumping, climbing, descending stairs, and by prolonged sitting. Other symptoms include, a sense of tightness or fullness in the knee (particularly
if the knee becomes swollen) and grinding or crepitus, which can be felt when bending and straightening the knee. One main solution that a physical therapist provides for the patient is coming up with therapeutic activities that restore the balance between the quad muscles and retract the patella to its original location. These activities include strengthening the muscles in the inner aspect of the quads and stretching the muscles of the outer quads. Other key solutions include controlling pain and inflammation, patellar taping, as well as home exercises and protocols. Most importantly, the physical therapist must incorporate patient education so that the patient understands why it is essential to avoid motions or activities that irritate cartilage under the patella, such as severe knee flexion.
If you have questions or need more specific exercises to address your pain, give us a call at 516-829-0030 today!
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HOW YOU CAN AVOID SURGERY AFTER AN INJURY!
INSIDE : • Don’t Let Pain Put You On The Sidelines! • In-Home Physical & Occupational Therapy Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For many people, playing sports is a fun way to burn extra calories, socialize, and get fit. Unfortunately, this also means the occasional sports injury or a flare up of an old injury or condition. You don’t have to be a professional or even an amateur athlete to suffer a sports injury. In fact, many times, those most susceptible to sports injuries are people who have just started exercising or participate on a recreational level. Sports injuries in this article will be defined as injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones and tissues such as cartilage. The most common sports injuries include: SPRAINS: A sprain occurs when the connective tissue that joins the end of the bone with another is stretched or torn. Those connective tissues are known as ligaments. Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position. Ankles, knees and wrists are most vulnerable to sprains. However, back, neck and shoulder sprains are very common too. STRAINS: A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is pulled, torn or twisted. Strains are non-contact injuries, such as those that occur from overstretching. A common example of a strain is a muscle spasm. A back or neck strain is a very common injury treated in physical therapy. KNEE INJURIES: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Orthopedic surgeons see more than 5.5 million people annually for knee injuries, which can include runner’s knee (pain or tenderness close to the knee cap at the
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front side of the knee) , tendonitis and iliotibial band syndrome (pain on the outer side of the knee) . Severe knee injuries often include bone bruises or damage to the cartilage or ligaments. SHIN SPLINTS: Shin splints occur when there is a pain along the large bone in the front of the lower leg, known as the tibia or shin bone. Shin splints most commonly occur in runners, especially those who are just starting a running program. This is usually due to poor alignment of the body, or weakness in the leg muscles. The team at Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can treat many orthopedic and repetitive motion injuries without the need for invasive surgeries or medications. In fact, most doctors have their patients try physical therapy first before recommending any other procedures. The licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants at Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can customize a program that addresses the weakness of your particular musculoskeletal system, allowing you to recover quickly and remain active. Even if you have an old injury, it is important to have it evaluated by our physical therapists to prevent long-term damage like arthritis. If you have sports or orthopedic injuries like tendonitis, arthritis, a stress fracture or low back pain, our therapists can design a treatment plan to promote improved function, wellness and minimize the risk of re-injury.
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Don’t Let Pain Put You On The Sidelines!
Before and after Knowing the right exercises to prepare for fitness activities is key. Our physical therapists have years of experience rehabilitating people after injuries and returning them pain-free to the activities they enjoy. What some people might not know is that physical therapists put specific exercise plans together based on your needs to prevent injury. If you do start to experience pain with activities, Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can get you back to enjoying your activities pain-free. Preparing your body… It is important to do sports activities, fitness and a host of other physical activities to keep you healthy and happy. With a little bit of preparation, you can easily do these activities and decrease your risk for injury.
There is nothing more exciting than taking on a new challenge, sport or activity. For most of us, the thrill of accomplishing a physical goal is what we live for. However, are you prepared for it? The term “weekend warrior” means a person who doesn’t really train for what they are doing; they just go out and do it on the weekend.
How do most injuries occur? Most sports injuries occur from ill-prepared individuals who just jump into the activity without first increasing their strength, endurance and flexibility. Your muscles, tendons, ligaments and other tissues need to be warmed up to work properly. They take enormous strain during running and sports activities. Therefore, if they are not in top condition, they are more prone to injury. Injuries increase as you age… If you think back to when you were in your late teens, you could go into a full sprint no problem, take a flying leap and do a whole lot without the slightest thought about it. As you get older, your tissues become less elastic and in fact a little “drier.” When your muscle, tendon and ligament tissues have enough water, they are supple and stretchy, allowing you to do a lot of activities. Keep yourself hydrated and stretch often to maintain elasticity in your muscles.
• Do stretch often
• Do coordination training
• Do strength training
• Do endurance training
Contact Reddy Care Physical & Occupational Therapy today to learn more how our programs can help you feel great!
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What Our Patients Have to Say Read more on Google or on our website An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your physical therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses.This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for physical therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2020. “I’ve been coming to the facility, this time, for just about two weeks so far and am feeling so much better.” The best thing about Reddy Care is the staff, from the front desk to the office to the therapists and their assistants. They all are professional, welcoming and caring. The Great Neck facility is awesome. It has all the necessary and up to date equipment. It has plenty of parking. It even has pick up and drop off service. I have been a client there several times without any complaint ever. My current therapist, Vanessa, is great. She is always available and very competent. She clearly cares about me and her other clients. I’ve been coming to the facility, this time, for just about two weeks so far and am feeling so much better. KUDOS TO YOU ALL.” “They really go out of their way for treatment and they make you feel comfortable.” “I would strongly recommend anyone to Reddy Care physical therapy in Farmingdale, great staff who genuinely cares about their patients and their progress. They really go out of their way for treatment and they make you feel comfortable. Thank you to Eric and the Reddy Care team I was able to return back to work in no time.” www.reddycare.net
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