Many people (especially athletes) sustain injuries to their knee. Of the four major ligaments found in the knee, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) are often injured in sports. The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) may also be injured.
When people talk about torn knee cartilage, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. The mensicus is a tough, rubbery cartilage that is attached to the knee’s ligaments.
Treatment of Knee Injuries
For comparatively mile knee injuries where there has been no tearing of ligaments or cartilage, treatment consists of the R.I.C.E protocol to limit swelling or any bleeding (only in the acute stage). The knee can be bandaged and soon expert manual therapies can be applied and exercises can be resumed.
For more serious injuries a specialist or orthopedic surgeon will assess the damage and decide if you need surgery.
Treatment following surgery
If you have had surgery on your knee, it is likely that your leg has been immobilised for some time and you will need to get back into a program of rehabilitation which includes exercises and expert bodywork for the affected tissues (and associated tissues that may have weakened or wasted), as well as the muscles that have compensated during your injury.
Here at Thrive we can provide a team of professionals to assist, and oversee your recovery.