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Knee Injury

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Knee injury facts

  • The knee is one of the most common body parts to be injured.
  • Types of knee injuries include sprains, strains, bursitis, dislocations, fractures, meniscus tears, and overuse injuries.
  • Knee injuries are generally caused by twisting or bending force applied to the knee, or a direct blow, such as from sports, falls, or accidents.
  • Risk factors for knee injury include overuse, improper training, having osteoporosis, and playing high-impact sports that involve sudden changes in direction.
  • The main signs and symptoms of knee injury are pain and swelling.
  • Knee injuries are diagnosed by a history and physical. Sometimes an X-ray or MRI may be done.
  • Treatment of knee injuries depends on the type and severity of the injury and can involve RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation), physical therapy, immobilization, or surgery.
  • Prognosis for knee injury depends on the type and severity of the injury and the need for physical therapy or surgery.
  • Knee injuries can be prevented by proper training, proper equipment, and maintaining a safe playing field or home environment to avoid falls.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/21/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/knee_injury_and_meniscus_tears/article.htm

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