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Knee injuries

Obsessing about Osteochondritis Dissecans

in Anatomy, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Overuse injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee is a pathological entity initially presenting as vague internal knee pain. Chris Mallac takes a deep dive into OCD and uncovers the clinical presentation and management. Introduction Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) primarily occurs when the subchondral bone undergoes blood flow disruption leading to ischemia and damage. It may present as... MORE

A hop, skip, and a jump: restoring function following...

in Acute injuries, Anatomy, Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries, Musculoskeletal injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab, Uncommon injuries

Patellar tendon ruptures are rare, and the evidence guiding rehabilitation is not clear. With this in mind, Trevor Langford reviews the predisposing factors, clinical presentation, and rehabilitation options in patellar tendon rupture repairs. With an incidence of 0.6%, a healthy patellar tendon rupture is rare(1). Patellar tendon ruptures (PTR) are often the result of trauma (direct or... MORE

Patellofemoral pain syndrome: is it okay to use lunges?

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

Paper title: Patellofemoral joint loading during the forward and backward lunge Publication: Physical Therapy in Sport. Jan 2021; Vol. 47, Pages 178-184 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ptsp.2020.12.001 Publication date: Jan 2021 INTRODUCTION Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is one of the most common causes of knee pain in young athletes. It usually presents as anterior and retro-patellar knee pain made... MORE

Uncommon injuries: posterior cruciate ligament tears

in Diagnose & Treat, Knee injuries

Posterior cruciate ligament injuries are rare. Thus, many clinicians lack the experience and protocols to manage them. Trevor Langford reviews the anatomy, biomechanics, and mechanism of injury of the PCL and covers the rehabilitation plan for isolated PCL injuries.  Introduction The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is the strongest intraarticular ligament of the knee and a... MORE

Putting the brakes on ACL injuries in women

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

As we close out the month of May and our dive into sports injury in female athletes, we highlight a study that points out just how little research focuses on female ACL injuries. Researchers in Italy found only one recent video analysis study of ACL injuries in soccer players that included female athletes(1). They note... MORE

You’re in luck with youth ACL injuries

in Email Newsletters, Knee injuries

In 2021 the world will celebrate St. Patrick’s day a little differently. Because of the ongoing pandemic, parades and parties are cancelled. However, you’re still in luck! We’re sharing with you a research review usually only reserved for subscribers. This research review included in the March issue followed elite youth soccer players after an ACL... MORE

Rate of force development and return to sport following...

in Improve, Knee injuries, Power development

Successfully returning an athlete to sport following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) poses an ongoing challenge for rehabilitation professionals. Jessica Montgomery discusses the role the rate of force development plays in return to sport and injury prevention and the  modifications needed for younger athletes. 2012 South West England’s Holly Molesworth in action during the rugby... MORE

Periodization in the rehabilitation of anterior cruciate ligament injuries

in Joint injuries, Knee injuries, Pre-hab and post-surgical rehab

Knowingly or not, sports physiotherapists use periodization principles when they implement post-operative protocols. Jessica Montgomery explains how capitalizing on periodized training can improve ACL injury outcomes. To successfully return to play, athletes recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries must regain their preinjury level of strength, neuromuscular control, and power. These elements are necessary for... MORE

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