When you see an athlete fall to the ground on the field or court grabbing at their leg, grimacing in pain, you can't help but flinch too. We asked a Physical Therapist with Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen how common knee injuries are and how he helps in the recovery process.
Avera St. Luke's Physical Therapist Ron Van Dyke says, "Yes, we see quite a bit. We see ligament injuries, ACL injuries. You'll see that especially in our female population. You'll see meniscus or cartilage problems. A lot of kids whether it's high school or college will strain their knees. Some have difficulty with the knee cap. They'll have swelling around the patella tendon. They call that patellar tendinitis. So yes, we work with lots and lots of knees.
Q: How do you treat them?
A: Most of them present with swelling so we use some inflammation reduction technique and then we will work with their range of motion and specific strength. We'll concentrate on muscles that are weaker in nature. Sometimes even concentrate on the core muscle group to effort the knee. The core does control a lot of things. It's our foundation of our body. It works, it directs the lower extremities (the legs) and it will actually influence the knee -the rotational capabilities of the knee that influence that."
We are going to meet a soccer player tonight at ten who is doing just that. For more information call 877-AT-AVERA