Sports & Ski injuries
Knee injuries are extremely common in sportsmen and women. Overuse injuries of the type normally associated with patellofemoral or anterior knee pain can be exacerbated by very vigorous training, and in particular by classes involving lunging or jumping type exercises, and also by the use of gymnasium equipment. Forcible hyperextension or “back kneeing” of the knee on landing is a common mechanism of injury in sports involving jumping, and painful collapse associated with twisting can occur in sports involving rapid direction changes on high grip surfaces, or when using studded boots or skis.
The hallmarks of significant injury are pain associated with the rapid development of swelling and stiffness. Any knee injury associated with the development of rapid swelling should be assessed by an experienced physiotherapist or by an orthopaedic surgeon if possible and medical imaging is very likely to be required.