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Knee

If not treated, knee injuries can be slow us down in sports and also in our daily lives. Connecting the shin and the thigh, the knee serves a very important purpose for everyone. This hold particularly true for athletes. Knee injuries are a leading cause for early retirement for professional athletes. Such an important spot on the body has a lot of "moving parts" and things that can get out of whack. Spine and Sports Rehab treats all the following conditions that affect the knee:

 Runners, military personnel, and cyclists will sometimes experience lateral knee pain commonly associated with Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome or (ITBFS.) Sometimes the pain will be described as being around the lower thigh and the outside part of the knee. The pain can be felt by activities like getting out of a car and going up or down stairs.

The iliotibial band is a thick band of tissue that extends from the thigh down over the knee and attaches to the tibia.

Muscle tension, swelling and pain can mean signs of arthritis that will lead to loss of mobility in the knee. Sometimes patients will say that symptoms will fluctuate with weather and they will have good months and bad months.

Osteoarthritis is the degradation and degeneration of this articular cartilage. As the disease progresses, the cartilage itself becomes thinner and in some cases may wear away altogether.

Athletes from amateur to professional both dread the thought of having knee ligament sprains. These injuries can be both debilitating and painful and can change the way you do things in life. These injuries are most common in sports like soccer, football, basketball, gymnastics, along with many other sports.

A knee sprain means that you have injured one of the ligaments in and/or around the knee joint.

A meniscal injury can be caused by having a foot firmly planted and knee bent while quickly twisting or turning. Pain and swelling can be a primary symptom of a meniscal injury. A common complaint is not being able to completely straighten out the joint.

Injury to one of the two crescent-shaped cartilage pads between the two joints formed by the femur (the thigh bone) and the tibia (the shin bone) is a meniscal injury.

As we age, the tendons can lose their elasticity and become weak. Irritation, swelling, and inflammation around the knee area can be symptoms of knee tendonitis. Knee tendonitis is often the most common form of knee injury.

 Joint movement is powered by the muscles. The muscles attach to the joints through tissues called tendons.  Tendons transfer the force from the muscle across the joint and causes it to move.

If you lay carpet, scrub floors, or spend long periods of time on your knees in the garden you may experience knee bursitis. You may also have symptoms if you have had a hard fall on your knees while playing a sport like football or wrestling.

Your body has sacks of fluid located in strategic places to allow your tendons to effortlessly glide over your bones. If you did not have a bursa, your joints would be painful with every movement.