The Most Common Summer Knee Injuries and How They Can Be Avoided

August 19, 2021 2:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The human body is a magnificent machine capable of incredible things—but sometimes the parts of our machine can get injured and need repair. Moving parts are the most susceptible to damage, as are parts that hold a weight or function as stress points. One of those parts of our body that checks both of those boxes is our knees.

Whether you’re in top shape or you are more casual about your physical activity, knee injuries can happen to anybody at any time. This is especially true in the summertime when we are often taking advantage of the extended daylight hours and spending more time outdoors hiking and playing sports, both of which can put added stress on our knees.

Whether you’re an Olympic hopeful running sprints on the track on a daily basis or an office worker surfing the web from your desk, we all want to avoid an injury to this important part of the body. Here are some common knee injuries, as well as what you can do to go about avoiding knee injuries.

Sprains

Knee sprains can happen at any time. This is caused when an activity forces your knee out of its natural position and stretches or tears the ligaments around the knee. This can include a sudden or unprepared jump or twist, as well as over-straightening from being hit by something unexpectedly.

Symptoms of a sprained knee include pain, swelling, weakness, bruising, buckling, tenderness, popping, stiffness and muscle spasms around the knee area. With a sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), you may hear a pop at the time of injury, and it may feel afterwards as if your knee is unable to support your weight.

A sprain of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) may be felt in the back of your knee, and you may have trouble kneeling on it. For lateral collateral ligament (LCL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprains, it may feel like the knee is buckling away from the injured ligament, and it will probably feel tender around the site of the injury.

One thing you can do to help avoid a knee sprain is to stretch properly before exercises and to do plenty of warmups beforehand. This will help loosen the joints and improve range of motion.

Strains

Another common injury is a knee strain. This is different from a sprain in that, while a sprain injures the bands of tissue that actually connect the bones, a strain affects the muscle or band of tissue that attaches muscle to a bone. It can develop suddenly or slowly over time. A knee strain is often caused by athletic movement like running or jumping or unexpected accidents like slipping or falling. Repetitive motions like tennis or rowing can also cause chronic strains.

We would all love to avoid knee injuries throughout our lifetime, but sometimes accidents happen. If you have suffered one of these common knee injuries and need treatment, contact Bernard Ong, M.D. today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you heal.

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