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Knee injuries

Jumping to conclusions about anterior knee pain

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Jumper’s knee occurs in 14% of athletes, mostly volleyball, basketball, and handball players(1). The term ‘jumper’s knee’ typically refers to anterior knee pain, usually presumed as patellar tendinopathy. However, a careful history and exam reveal that quadriceps tendinopathy exists in up to 25% of patients. These athletes complain of anterior knee pain at the superiorpole... MORE

Patellofemoral pain: sorted!

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) affects one in six adults with complaints of knee pain(1). What causes PFP remains equivocal. Multiple factors are thought to contribute to anterior knee pain. The elusive origins of PFP may be the reason that 40% of people affected lack significant improvement after a year of treatment(1). Researchers at the University of... MORE

Ice skating injuries: be knowledgeable about knees!

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Tracy Ward explores ice-skating injuries, which are common in athletes with rigorous training schedules. Which injuries are most common, and how can they be prevented? Figure skating injury rates have increased in recent years. This is perhaps not surprising; a sport that demands athletic, technical, and artistic excellence will inevitably place new challenges upon elite... MORE

Fat facts for clinicians treating anterior knee pain

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Chris Mallac describes the signs and symptoms of an infra-patella fat pad injury and outlines measures the clinician can take to alleviate pain and pathology in this structure. Injuries to the infra-patella fat pad (IFP) can be a cause of anterior knee pain in athletes – particularly in sports that require forced extension of the... MORE

The best exercise for patellofemoral pain.

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries, Overuse injuries

Nearly 10% of adolescent athletes complain of patellofemoral pain (PFP)(1). When evaluating knee injuries in adults that present to the sports clinic, up to 25% involve the patellofemoral joint. This nagging injury likely starts during adolescents when young athletes begin to ramp up their training and increase the time spent in sport. As Chris Mallac... MORE

Dynamic knee valgus: villian or symptom?

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

Recently, researchers from High Point University proposed a new way of looking at dynamic knee valgus(1). Although long thought the precursor to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, the research fails to support the thought that increased valgus, observed when landing from a vertical drop jump, predicts the incidence of ACL tear(1). Therefore, the team from... MORE

What causes patellofemoral pain?

in Email Newsletters, Improve, Knee injuries, Tools and technology

As Karen Litzy explains in her recent article, pain is a complex phenomenon. For a time, it was considered the fourth vital sign. However, it’s an unreliable symptom. Unlike blood pressure or pulse, pain is subjective. It’s expression and perception differs among genders, cultures, socioeconomic status, race, current emotions, and just about every other aspect... MORE

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