Although the knee may look like a simple joint, it is one of the most complex and most likely to be injured. Knee injuries are often caused by overuse and there are ways to prevent them. It is common to ignore our knees until something happens to them that causes pain, these injuries often caused by overuse. If you are experiencing pain it is important that you have your condition assessed by a physiotherapist.
- Women suffer from more knee pain and disability than men
- In Australia more than 30 000 people have replacement knee surgery each year, and nearly two-thirds are women
- In the 2002 winter Olympics, the most commonly injured joint was the knee; and the most common knee injury was the ACL tear
- In 2002, rupture of the ACL accounted for 6.5 per cent of basketball and 14.8 per cent of netball hospitalised injuries in Australia
- It is estimated that there are 676 000 knee injuries in Australia each year
- Over 1.2 million Australians suffer from osteoarthritis, and about 80 per cent of these suffer from knee osteoarthritis. It is the leading cause of musculoskeletal pain and disability.
- Injuries can happen when you do something new, different or strenuous, such as lifting heavy items or playing a new sport. The pain may also occur because of a build-up of stress on the back that gradually turns into an injury.
An APA physiotherapist may prescribe a tailored series of exercises to prevent and manage injury and help optimise your health.
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