Structure Of The Knee
The knee is a very complex joint and takes high levels of stress, it is also a relatively unstable joint making it prone to injury. Damage or injury to any part of the knee joint is a major issue as it’s often very painful and effects our ability to exercise and even carry out simple daily tasks.
Many people will suffer from some form of knee injury during their life. Some serious injuries will require joint reconstruction or replacement surgery to restore the stability and function of the knee.
Common Knee Injuries
Dislocations are a common injury for which people often find themselves in hospital. The most serious type of knee dislocation occurs when the femur and tibia bones come out of alignment, resulting in an inability to put weight on that leg or even move it at all; this can happen if there is too much force applied by a car accident or intense sports.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
The anterior cruciate ligament is often injured during sports activities. Athletes who participate in high demand sports like soccer, football or basketball are more likely to tear their ACL than those who play less demanding ones.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
The posterior cruciate ligament is a very important part of your knee. It’s often injured from an impact to the front, usually in a car accident or sports related injury where there has been some sort contact with another person. A partial tear can heal on its own if left untreated but complete damage will need surgery which may result in complications such as chronic pain.
The quadriceps and patellar tendons can be stretched or torn. Although anyone camn get tendonal tears, they are more common among middle aged people who play sports that repetitive impact or change of direction such as running and soccer. The most common cause for injury on these tendons is a fall onto one’s knee landing awkwardly.
Knee Reconstruction | Remedial Massage
A knee reconstruction is a surgery to replace your knee joint. A plastic or metal prosthesis will be fitted, containing 3 components: a femoral part which goes into your thigh bone; a tibial part that attaches to the shinbone and a patellar (kneecap) piece.
Having a quality rehabilitation program is a crucial part of any post-operative recovery plan. Remedial massage can be a great component of any recovery plan as it helps to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain, and restore joint mobility and circulation.
The Benefits Of Remedial Massage
Many people rely heavily on pain killers post-reconstruction surgery. Pain killers can provide instant relief but they are not effective when it comes to restoring strength and mobility. Remedial massage on the other hand can not only reduce the pain and restriction, but your therapist can also provide simple exercises to start getting strength back into the muscles.
Remedial massage therapists also focus on areas that aren’t directly related to the surgery. Many people will experience issues in other areas due to the reduction in activity after surgery and the change in movement patterns. It’s really important to address these areas as the body recovers so they don’t create secondary issues.
Decreased Pain & Inflammation Post Knee Reconstruction
Knee surgery is an extremely invasive procedure and can cause a lot of damage to surrounding tissue causing inflammation. Remedial massage has been shown to be very effective at managing pain and swelling after knee replacement surgery. Research shows that:
- remedial massage accelerates the rate of decline in oedema
- remedial massage decreases postoperative pain
- remedial decreases use of pain killers
- remedial massage increases a sense of wellbeing
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