Knee Ligament and Meniscal Pain โ€“ Leg Pain

Ligament sprains

Ligaments are strong bands of fascial tissue that connect bone to bone. Ligament sprains are a common injury we see at our office many of these traumas are sports- related. The majority of them are mild to moderate ligament injuries and can be treated conservatively without surgery

An important concept for an injured athlete to grasp is that before one can sprain ligaments, first musculature is damaged trying to prevent damage, then tendons, and ultimately if those two fail, the ligaments can be sprained. This is part of the problem with full immobilization of an athlete, the initial muscular and tendonous damage is not addressed for several weeks, setting the stage for improper healing of the damaged muscles and tendons. This prolongs the time an athlete is out of his or her activity.


Causes & Treatment

Most ligament injuries occur with trauma, and are associated over stretching of the tissues. Meniscal injuries can be due to either trauma or cumulative trauma disorder. After a thorough physical examination and detailed history, the nature and grade of injury to the insulted tissues can be determined. Our office works to restore proper mechanics to the knee by focusing on two small typically ignored muscles, first the popliteus, a small muscle in the back of the knee joint, and second the articularis genu, which helps position and stabilize the patella. If the injured patient is a candidate for conservative treatment, Active Release Techniques, sometimes Graston ,and flexibility and ultimately strength and stabilzation of the surrounding anatomy to support the joint.

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