Knees please

Posted: September 20, 2012 by offie18 in Music

By Rob Officer

Twitter: (@Offie18)

As you’re gaining momentum and building a rich vein of form in your sport and leisure activities or finally finding your feet in a new job, an injury of any kind is enough to throw you. One of the most commonly injured areas is the knee, and modern times suggest surgery is an effective way to get you back on your feet, back at work and back doing what you love.

Knee arthroscopy is a common procedure and often used as a means of locating a knee problem as well as to fix one. The recovery time from an arthroscope can vary extensively with more often than not patients walking out of surgery. Others are not so lucky.

The following video gives a small insight into minor knee surgery: (BUPA)

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Amelia Barnes (Photo: Rob Officer)

Amateur netball star Amelia Barnes was referred for arthroscopic surgery to establish a cause of pain in her left knee. ‘I was referred to find out the cause of my discomfort’ she said.

‘Obviously the initial disappointment was enough to get me down’ said Barnes, who’s results returned for her case almost worst case scenario. ‘I guess when you’re told it’s a bigger deal than you expected and you’re going to miss games (of netball) it is enough to frustrate you’.

The frustration felt during the recovery period is challenging mentally and physically not to mention expensive. However the importance of recovery can never be understated.

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Samantha Wilson (Photo: Rob Officer)

Melbourne Physiotherapy Group physiotherapist Samantha Wilson deals with patients recovering from knee surgery on nearly a daily basis but can’t stress enough the importance of the process.

‘Knees are an incredibly important joint in the body and if they are not right it can create serious problems through-out the legs, feet, hips and back’ said Wilson.

The knee is very susceptible to injury because it is often left unguarded. This is more relevant in a sporting environment.

‘When you’re doing single limb or asymmetrical movements patterns it tends to be left out on its own so any sports involving contact it  (the knee) will often be left in a position where it can be cleaned up along the way’

Miss Wilson, who also provides her professional services to the Old Geelong Football Club strongly believes that from a physiotherapist point of view the knee is often the most tricky to diagnose, and often surgery is the best way to decipher the cause of the complaint.

Depending on the nature of the injury, recovery from such a procedure can take anywhere from two weeks to nine months, the worst of these major work on ligaments like the ACL or complete reconstructions. A good knee injury does not exist however the minor the injury the better the future, if the injury is treated right.

Wilson also encourages other forms of recovery. ‘Other forms of recovery along side physio and massage are Pilates, yoga, needles and underwater exercises. These all help insure your knee is back to your best and you’re ready to get back to it.’

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Needles inserted below the knee to ease tension (Photo: Rob Officer)

 

With the importance and support of physiotherapy and it’s professionals it is possible to overcome even the worst of knee problems and return to what you love or your place of work.

‘If it wasn’t for the ongoing efforts of my physiotherapist my injury would have been worse initially, and recovery extremely difficult’ believes Amelia Barnes.

‘I hope to back running my late October if my progression is positive.’

Sammy answering a few questions about surgery and knees (Video: Rob Officer)

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