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Category Archives: Knee

Does knee bracing make your muscles weak?

In the case of osteoarthritis in appears it does not weaken the muscles surrounding the knee complex. Details of recent study: Used custom fitted valgus knee unloader brace No loss of strength in six months of use Average time doning wear 5hours/day Small subgroup had negative effect in first two weeks Most effective for mild […]

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Putting Your ACL Back Together Again

The ACL—anterior cruciate ligament—provides stability to the knee by keeping the tibia (shinbone) from sliding in front of the femur (thighbone). About 250,000 ACL reconstructions are performed annually in the United States on individuals who experience the condition. ACL tears are not usually sutured together because the repairs do not fare well over time. Instead, […]

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Relieve Knee Pain with Support

Chances are you have seen runners and people in rehabilitation from serious knee injuries wearing straps or sleeves on their knees. While it might seem hard to believe, those devices can actually help relieve knee pain. Knee pain and injuries happen when you damage cartilage, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones in your knee. A blow […]

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Back to Action After Knee Surgery

Tibial osteotomy is a surgical procedure that realigns the angle of the lower leg and changes the distribution of pressure within the knee. Physicians most often recommend the surgery for people 40 to 60 years of age who have osteoarthritis on only one side of the knee. In the knee, the femur (thighbone) of the […]

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Jump on Treating Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease (syndrome), a common cause of knee pain in as many as one in five children and young athletes, especially boys, 10 to 15 years of age, usually occurs after a period of quick growthcoupled with intense physical or sporting activity. Children who participate in running and jumping activities experience a greater strain on […]

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A Great Pair- Knee Unloader Braces and Wedged Orthoses

For my patients that are currently using knee unloader braces that have medial compartment osteoarthritis there may be a nice adjunct to this approach.  A recent study looked at using a lateral wedged foot orthoses in conjuction with this brace showed a significant improvement in both pain levels and function  in this study. One limitation […]

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Recovery from Kneecap Dislocation

Dislocation of the kneecap, or patella, is especially common among young women 16 to 20 years of age who participate in sports such as soccer, gymnastics and ice hockey. When it occurs, the kneecap slides out of its groove, usually laterally, resulting in pain, swelling and decreased mobility. Patellar dislocation can result from a direct […]

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Can Orthotics Help Ease Patellafemoral (knee cap) pain?

The American College of Sport Medicine in their journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise Vol. 43 No 9in 2011 recently looked at which patients would benefit from prefabricated orthotics for patellafemoral pain or  knee cap pain. The study demonstrated that  >78% of participants showed a “marked improvement” when they had 3 out 4 […]

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Pulled Hamstrings: Stretch Your Way Back

Running along the back of the thigh from the pelvis to the shin, the hamstring muscles are responsible for bending the knee, along with moving the hip and other lower extremities. Thus, when a hamstring is strained, or pulled, the rest of the body can be affected. With a hamstring strain, pain and mobility indicate […]

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Hamstring Injuries in Soccer Players

A recent Danish study that is about to be published supports the use of Nordic Lowers in decreasing the incidence of hamstring injuries. This type of strengthening emphasizes the eccentric phase of a muscular contraction which is the “lengthening of the muscle fiber”.  It is during that this lengthening phase that most injuries occur.   […]

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