Since the knee is a weight-bearing joint and it has many complex components, it’s particularly susceptible to sustaining an orthopedic injury. The best way to facilitate your recovery from a knee injury is to carefully follow the advice of an orthopedic doctor. In some cases, this may involve working with a physical therapist and using other conservative treatment measures. For severe knee injuries; however, orthopedic surgery may be required.
Strengthen Supporting Muscles
One common type of knee injury, particularly among runners, is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or runner’s knee. This occurs when the cartilage underneath the kneecap becomes irritated. Adding some extra rest to your workout schedule can help you recover from PFPS. Additionally, consider working with a physical therapist to strengthen your glute and hip muscles. One exercise your physical therapist may recommend is lateral side steps with a resistance band placed just above your knees. With your feet separated, bend your knees to assume a crouched position. Stay in this position while walking sideways for about 10 steps, and then reverse directions.
Modify Your Physical Activity
Discuss your workout routine with your physical therapist. He or she may recommend modifying your activities. For example, if you’re a runner, you can shorten your stride and keep your knee slightly bent as your foot lands. This reduces stress on the knee joint .
Consider Orthopedic Surgery
Sometimes, physical therapy and activity modifications aren’t enough to recover from a knee injury. Consider talking to an orthopedic surgeon about whether you might be a good candidate for knee surgery. Often, orthopedic surgery can be accomplished with minimally invasive techniques, which facilitates a faster recovery.
Surgical services at Southern Hills Hospital include advanced orthopedic surgery, such as knee replacement surgery. Our community hospital is also pleased to provide Las Vegas residents with superb emergency care, maternity services, and stroke care. If you would like a referral to an orthopedic surgeon or you wish to learn more about our range of services , call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100.