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Common Causes of Knee Injuries

While most of us take our knees for granted, injuries can occur quite easily and for a variety of reasons. Only when you suffer a knee injury, do you realize how much we rely on these joints on a day to day basis. Knee injuries cause discomfort and pain, but that’s not all. They can also be extremely debilitating and in serious cases, result in dramatically reduced mobility. So let’s take a look at some of the most common causes of knee injuries, and what to do in case you experience one.

What Are the Most Common Knee Injury Causes?

Well, there are a number of them – some more serious than others. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones!

  • Fractures: Fractures are very common knee injuries and can affect the patella, which is the most commonly fractured bone around the knee. Fractures can also affect the ends of the tibia and femur in the area where they come together to form the knee joint. Incidents such as serious falls and road traffic accidents are common causes of fractures. And sometimes even the best knee brace for running or other sports won’t be able to prevent a fracture.
  • Dislocated knee: Knee dislocation is another common knee issue and it occurs when the knee bone is either partially or totally out of place. This could include the patella slipping or the femur and tibia sustaining injury that forces them out of alignment. Various different sports activities as well as falls and other high impact trauma can cause this injury.
  • Torn ligament: Tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament is also a common type of knee injury. This is more common among those that take part in athletics and sporting activities. Some of the common causes of this injury include a rapid change in direction when running or incorrectly landing from a jump. In many cases, this sort of injury also comes with additional injuries to the cartilage.
  • Torn tendons: This type of injury is more common among older people, particularly those who are active runners or do any sports that require a lot of running. The tendons of the patella can become stretched and then torn during this type of activity. Direct force to the front of the knees, falls, and incorrect landing following a jump are all common causes of a torn tendons.

There are many different causes of knee injuries, but usually they involve some sort of high impact trauma. This is why these types of injuries are often sustained by athletes as well as people who are keen on physical activities. Falls, incorrect landings following a jump, and the twisting of the knee can all cause various different knee injuries.

The knees are among the most easily injured joints in the human body, and also one of the most common reasons for people seeing their doctor. So in the event of a knee injury, no matter what the cause, it is important to seek medical advice because a knee injury can escalate from simple twisting of the knee to a dislocation or worse pretty quickly. Because the treatment for a knee injury varies based on the severity as well as the type and cause of the problem, ranging from medication and physical therapy to even surgery, consulting a medical professional is the first step to treating your knee successfully.

More information about common knee injuries can be found in the PTandMe injury center.

January 2017 Events

Check out our Physical Therapy Monthly Events Calendar! Focusing on events from PTandMe.com participating physical and occupational therapy clinics. Read more to find out what’s happening in your community in January 2017!


DATE: January 7th, 2017, 9:00AM – 12:00PM (and every following Saturday until the snow melts!)
HIIT Snowshoeing Training Program
CLINIC: Custom Physical Therapy – Reno
Join Custom Physical Therapy and Sierra Strength and Speed in Tahoe Meadows for a 60 minute snowshoe High Intensity Training Program session with warm-up, aerobic and anaerobic challenges, and simple fun. The only prerequisite: want to have fun and challenge yourself with a group of other crazy people. It is just for fun and to build community in our area! For more information about Custom Physical Therapy, visit them online at http://custom-pt.com.


DATE: January 29th 2017, 12:15PM – 2:00PM
Fitness Expo 2017
CLINIC: Action Physical Therapy – Houston
Action Physical Therapy is proud to be a part of Houston First Baptist Church’s Fitness & Recreation Center Expo for 2017. Please stop by the Action Physical Therapy table. We’d love to get to know you and talk about the benefits of physical therapy. We can’t wait to see you there! For more information about Action Physical Therapy, visit them online at http://action-pt.net.


DATE: January 20th, 2017, 1:30PM – 5:00PM
WellFest 2017: Student Health and Wellness Fair
CLINIC: University Physical Therapy -Blacksburg
If you are a VA Tech student or staff member please stop by the University Physical Therapy table at this years WellFest 2017: Student Health and Wellness Fair located in McComas Hall. We would love to get to know you and talk about the benefits of physical therapy and explore opportunities that are available to keep you performing at your best! For more information about University Physical Therapy, visit them online at http://universityptonline.com.


DATE: January 21st 2017, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
JUMP Community Health & Wellness Fair
CLINIC: Sport & Spine Physical Therapy – Jefferson
Sport & Spine Physical Therapy is proud to be a part of the JUMP 2017 Healthy Family Activities Event located at Jefferson High School. JUMP invites individuals of all ages to come to our community healthy activities free event. Activities for all ages, as well as demonstrations.
Water Aerobics 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Open Swim 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Open Gym 10:00AM – 1:00PM
The goal of JUMP is to continue to strengthen our community while working to improve our community’s health. For more information about Sport & Spine Physical Therapy, visit them online at http://sportandspineclinic.com.