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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Nour

Knee Hyperextension: A Jour'knee' to Recovery

Knee hyperextension is a condition in which the knee joint goes beyond its normal range of motion, causing discomfort and instability. If you have suffered a knee hyperextension injury, physiotherapy can play a crucial role in helping you make a full recovery.





What is Knee Hyperextension?

Knee hyperextension is a condition in which the knee joint goes beyond its normal range of motion, causing the knee to bend backward. This can occur as a result of a traumatic injury, such as a fall, or from repetitive stress on the knee joint, such as from running or jumping.

Symptoms of Knee Hyperextension

The symptoms of knee hyperextension can range from mild to severe, and can include pain, swelling, instability, and difficulty walking. In severe cases, you may also experience a popping or snapping sensation in the knee.

How Physiotherapy Can Help

Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in helping you recover from a knee hyperextension injury and regain full function in your knee. Our physiotherapists can help you manage your symptoms, reduce pain and swelling, and regain strength and stability in the affected area.

One of the key components of physiotherapy for knee hyperextension injuries is the use of manual therapy techniques. This can include joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and massage to help reduce pain and swelling, and improve range of motion.

Another important aspect of physiotherapy is the use of exercises to help you regain strength and stability in the affected area. Our physiotherapists can prescribe specific exercises that target the muscles and tendons around the knee. These exercises will help you regain normal function and prevent future injuries.

In addition to these manual therapy techniques and exercises, your physiotherapist may also use modalities such as heat or ice therapy, ultrasound/shockwave, and electrical stimulation to help manage pain and swelling.

Rehabilitation and Return to Sport

After a knee hyperextension injury, it's important to follow a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help you make a full recovery and prevent future injuries. This may include a gradual return to physical activity and sport, under the guidance of our physiotherapists.

Our physiotherapists can work with you to develop a customized rehabilitation program that takes into account your specific needs and goals. This may include a combination of exercises, manual therapy, and other treatments to help you regain full function in your knee and return to your desired level of physical activity.

Prevention is Key

In addition to treatment, it's also important to take steps to prevent future knee hyperextension injuries. Our physiotherapists can provide you with tips and strategies to help you prevent knee hyperextension, such as incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises into your routine, wearing proper footwear, and gradually increasing your physical activity.

Knee hyperextension can be a frustrating and painful experience, but with the help of physiotherapy, you can make a full recovery. Our physiotherapists can help you manage your symptoms, reduce pain and swelling, and regain strength and stability in the affected area. If you have suffered a knee hyperextension injury, don't wait to seek treatment. Book in a physiotherapy session today to start your journey to recovery.


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