Our Knee Ligament Injuries Solutions
What is a Knee Ligament Injury?
The knee is a large complex joint that is supported by four major ligaments. Two collateral ligaments: medial collateral ligament (MCL) on the inside of the knee and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) on the outside of the knee. Two cruciate ligaments located deep inside the knee joint, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Ligaments are commonly injured with trauma, usually resulting in a sprain. More serious injuries can result in a partial tear or complete rupture of the tendon. Non-traumatic injury can also occur to the ligaments resulting from the arthritic aging process or repetitive strain to the knee. Complete tendon ruptures usually require surgical repair, however less severe injuries often respond well to conservative treatments.
What are some symptoms of a Knee Ligament Injury?
- Deep or superficial pain in or around the knee or knee cap
- Stiffness/pain in the knee with standing or walking
- Swelling in the knee or lower leg
- Grinding and cracking sounds with movement
- Popping or grinding sounds in the knee joint
What are some treatments for a Knee Ligament Injury?
- Regenerative Medicine: The stem cell treatment process involves extracting regenerative cells from the patient’s body and then injecting the cells directly into the affected area of the sprained or strained tissue. The cells can transform into the type of cell necessary for healing. The addition of platelet rich plasma (PRP) can increase the effectiveness of the cell repair work by amplifying the activity of the regenerative cells. Stem cell treatment is a safe alternative to surgery since the procedure will only use the stem cells and platelets from the patient’s own body. This means that anybody, regardless of their age, could undergo stem cell treatment.
- Epidural Steroid Injection: Epidural Steroid Injection is an application of Cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory steroid into the area that surrounds the spinal cord and the nerves that extend from it, called the epidural space. The steroid that is injected reduces the inflammation or swelling of the nerves in the epidural space. This may reduce pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve inflammation or swelling.
- Physical Therapy: At Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine, Physical Therapy is fundamentally different than any stand-alone clinics. Both: Physical Therapy Clinic in Watchung and Physical Therapy Clinic in Branchburg have doctorate level physicians that are an integral components in our interdisciplinary team approach to non-surgical orthopedic treatment and is under the direct supervision of a medical physician, who has a specialty in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
- Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapists commonly treat chronic or acute pain, or problems with coordination, balance, strength, endurance, flexibility, or range of motion. These symptoms can affect your ability to perform basic lifestyle activities or prevent a full return to function.
- Acupuncture: Because Acupuncture influences many different body systems, it is used to help treat all types of diseases and body dysfunction. It can be used for chronic or acute conditions like back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, and tendonitis.
- Massage Therapy: Massage Therapy is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which include the muscles, connective tissue (ligaments and tendons) and joints. Widely accepted as part of many physical rehabilitation programs, this therapy can be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many chronic and acute health problems.
- MLS Laser Therapy: Laser therapy can be used to treat acute conditions and is most effective when it is used as soon as possible following the initial injury. The faster the body’s inflammation is reduced, the sooner the healing process can begin. MLS Laser Therapy can help restore the body to normal function much quicker than other pain-relieving interventions.
- Vasopneumatic Compression Therapy: Game Ready uses ACCEL technology (Active Compression and Cold Exchange Loop) to revolutionize the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. The ACCEL technology expands on the commonly accepted RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) principles that have guided treatment in the past. Game Ready goes beyond the passive RICE principles to include variable active compression coupled with rapidly circulating cold water.
Why Choose Performance Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine?
Whether you are suffering from a recent or chronic lumbar spine condition that is adversely affecting your ability to live life under your terms, we may be able to help.
To have a consultation with one of our doctors, please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators at 908-754-1960 or you may contact us online.