Knee Bone Diagram

Protecting the ligaments in the knee are crucial for injury prevention. We use the knees daily to perform second nature movements such as walking, driving and bending. If any pain or injury occurs in this location of the body, simple daily functions become difficult to perform or complete.

In this post, we will educate ourselves on the most common knee injury, ACL tear, which results in approximately 100,000 surgeries yearly.

The ACL, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is one of the main ligaments in the knee joint for stability and control. This ligament is often injured with sudden movements such as turning or pivoting, resulting in a tear. While ACL injuries most commonly occur while participating in contact sports, they can happen to anyone.

ACL Injury Diagram

Today we are going to review 4 exercise that will aide in potentially preventing an ACL injury from occurring.

Exercise 1: Lateral step down

Lateral step down

Exercise 2: Side lunge with theraband around knees

Side lunge with theraband around knees

Exercise 3: Jumping with proper form in landing

Jumping with proper form in landing

Exercise 4: Single leg deadlift with shoulder twist.

Single leg deadlift with shoulder twist.

These exercises will not treat injuries but can be used as preventative measures. If you continue to experience unbearable or reoccurring pain be sure to schedule an appointment with your physician or join our physical therapy family and allow us to help you regain function.

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