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Lower Extremity Injuries and Preventing Them

Original Publish Date
May 13, 2021

When people think of physical therapy the first thing to come to mind is often ‘injury.” While physical therapy is instrumental in solving injuries and improving functional deficits, it can also be used to prevent injuries specifically in the sport’s world. Read below to hear some common lower extremity injuries in athletes that can be avoided.


ACL/MCL SPRAIN OR TEAR

   Function: these ligaments reside in your knee and prevent the bones from moving too far out of place

   Common reasons for injury:

   Ways to prevent injury:

MENISCUS TEAR

   Function: the meniscus sits between the tibia and femur of your knee joint and provides cushioning to improve joint mobility

   Common reasons for injury:

   Ways to prevent injury:

ITB SYNDROME

   Function: the ITB attaches from your hip muscles and all the way down the outside of your leg and ultimately the knee and patella to improve knee mobility and                     function of the hip muscles

   Common reasons for injury:

   Ways to prevent injury:

ANKLE SPRAIN

   Function: these ligaments reside in your ankle and prevent the bones from moving too far out of place

   Common reasons for injury:

   Ways to prevent injury:

Physical therapy has many benefits that don’t have to mean getting an injury. So don’t wait! Call today and schedule an evaluation to work with our trained physical therapists and athletic trainers to prevent your injury from happening!

By Dr. Billy Beaudreau, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT

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