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Common Knee Injuries and Treatments for Athletes

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January 24, 2023


Athletes often perform a range of physical activities that may lead to a strain or injury if not executed properly. For this reason, teams or athletes often work with a sports therapist Dubai to guide them or provide first aid if they feel pain or discomfort while doing certain movements.

Since most activities require athletes to walk, run, jump, or be on their feet for a long time, knee injuries are quite common for athletes. Here are some of the most common knee injuries and how they can be treated.

Patellar fractures

Muscles and ligaments around the knees are not the only injuries that athletes may suffer from when putting too much pressure on their knees and lower body. A patellar fracture caused by an impact on your knee may cause damage to your kneecap and knee joint. It is a serious injury that may affect your performance even after recovery.

If you’re opting for physical therapy to help with your recovery, your physical therapist may recommend a range of exercises and massages to restore strength and mobility. They may also prescribe orthotics to prevent future injuries.

Meniscal tears

Meniscal injuries occur on the meniscus which is a crescent-shaped pad of cartilage located in the knee. This ligament acts as a shock absorber. Meniscal tears are considered a common knee injury resulting from a sudden twist or significant trauma, especially in sports settings.

When you or another athlete is suspected to suffer from a meniscal tear, the R.I.C.E.R. method (rest, ice, compression, elevation, and referral) must be applied immediately. You may also visit a sports injury clinic to have the injury checked and receive appropriate treatment.

Dislocated knee

The rapid change of direction or twisting motion when planting the foot on the floor may result in a knee dislocation. It is a common knee injury among athletes involved in cycling, gymnastics, long jump, and skiing.

This type of injury is often treated with relocation, surgery, and immobilization. Relocation involves moving the lower leg back into position, while surgery involves knee reconstruction and vascular repair to maintain or restore proper blood flow. Just like in other treatments, post surgery physiotherapy is recommended to restore mobility and improve muscle strength, as well as to prevent other sports injuries in the future.

If you feel pain or discomfort in your knee during a sports event or if you require therapy to aid in your recovery. don’t hesitate to book an appointment for a consultation with one of our specialists at Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center DMCC.

Our specialists can provide you with a range of treatment plans that can be tailor-fitted to your specific requirements. You may go to our clinics for a consultation or to book an appointment for post surgery therapy or sports massage.