Knee Pain & ACL Injury

Knee Pain ACLKnee pain is a common reason for people to visit their physical therapist. Often, knee pain is the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. But some medical conditions can also bring you to your knees, including arthritis, bursitis, patellofemoral syndrome and tendonitis.

We provide relief for these common conditions:

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of knee arthritis. Also called wear-and-tear arthritis or degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis is characterized by progressive wearing away of the cartilage of the joint.

Iliotibial Band Syndrome is irritation / inflammation of the iliotibial band (the inflammation is usually not visible) that causes lateral knee pain. This condition is most common in long-distance runners and cyclists.

Muscle Strains Increasing the duration and intensity of exercise or any activity too quickly often causes muscle strain.

Knee Bursitisis a sac containing a small amount of fluid that is located between surfaces that need to move to reduce friction. Bursitis (Inflammation of a bursa) is usually caused by overuse. Excessive kneeling often causes prepatellar bursitis (common in carpet layers, gardeners). The symptoms are knee pain and inflammation over the kneecap and sometimes limited range of motion.

Tendonitis of the Knee Patellar Tendonitis (also called jumper’s knee) is generally caused by overuse of the quadriceps, especially jumping types of activities such as volleyball and basketball. Quadriceps Tendonitis is also generally caused by overuse of the quadriceps.

Meniscal tears may occur during participation in sports, often when the knee is twisted.

A torn ACL. The knee may give out suddenly when the ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) is torn and there may be a popping sound upon injury. Symptoms of a torn ACL include knee pain, swelling, stiffness, and bruising. Walking is painful and the knee feels unstable.

ACL TherapyACL Injury

Injuring the ACL can be devastating, taking a person out of favorite activities for up to a whole year. Not taking proper care after the injury and rehabbing the knee back to full strength adds insult to injury.

Back in Motion specializes in helping people regain their full range of motion and activities.

Facts about ACL injuries:

  • 70% of ACL injuries occur in non-contact sports.
  • ACL injuries occur 4 to 5 times more often to female athletes than to male athletes.
  • Athletes ages 15 to 24 are most vulnerable.
  • Basketball and soccer account for two-thirds of ACL injuries, with injuries from volleyball, racquet sports, and gymnastics also contributing a significant percentage.
  • Research has established that the frequency and severity of these injuries can be significantly reduced through appropriate training.

ACL Rehab

After your ACL operation is over, the hard work really begins. The goals of physical therapy and rehabilitation after ACL surgery are to rebuild your strength and to get your motion back. This whole process requires a lot of work on your part, but it is the most important aspect of getting you back in motion.

People who are dedicated to their program recover faster and have fewer knee problems in the future than those who do not complete their program. Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine will work with you on a carefully designed program to return you to full mobility and strength.