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Common knee injuries seen: 

  1. Ligament injuries: The knee has four main ligaments that can be injured, including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Ligament injuries can cause pain, swelling, and/or instability in the knee joint.

  2. Meniscus tears: The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in the knee joint that helps to cushion and stabilize the joint. Tears can occur due to sudden twisting or rotating movements, and can cause pain, swelling, and/or limited mobility in the knee.

  3. Patellofemoral pain syndrome: This is a condition that involves pain in the front of the knee, often due to overuse or improper alignment of the kneecap.

  4. Osteoarthritis: This is a degenerative joint disease that can affect the knee joint, causing pain, stiffness, and/or limited mobility.

  5. Tendinitis: This is inflammation of the tendons around the knee joint, often due to overuse or repetitive strain. It can cause pain and/or swelling in the knee area.

Knee Injury Treatments:

  1. Exercise: Physical therapists may prescribe specific exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint, improve flexibility and range of motion, and reduce pain.

  2. Manual therapy: This may involve hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and/or manipulation to help improve knee joint alignment, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve mobility.

  3. Modalities: Physical therapists may use modalities such as heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or traction to help reduce pain and inflammation.

  4. Education: Physical therapists may provide education on proper posture and body mechanics to help prevent future injuries.

  5. Activity modification: Physical therapists may recommend modifying or avoiding certain activities that may aggravate the knee pain.

  6. Bracing: For certain conditions, such as ligament injuries, a physical therapist may recommend the use of a brace to help support the knee joint and improve stability.

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