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A Soccer Player Calls Chiropractic Physician Timothy Harcourt In Fort Myers About A Knee Injury

Dec 15, 2021 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

There are over 3 million registered youth soccer players in the United States. While playing organized sports offers many benefits to children and teens, the activity also comes with the possibility of injury—especially knee injuries among female players.

There are two types of injuries associated with soccer: acute and overuse. Acute injuries have an immediate onset of symptoms and, typically, a clear cause of injury. For example, a player twists their ankle while making a sudden change in direction. Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive microtrauma that eventually results in an injury with no clear cause. In the world of youth soccer, overuse injuries account for a greater proportion of overall injuries. 

One study looked at data concerning 12- to 15-year-old female youth soccer players in order to identify the rate and number of overuse injuries, the anatomic location, type of injury, and any risk factors for injury.

The researchers found that the incidence rate for first-time lower-extremity overuse injuries was 1.7 per 1,000 athlete-exposure hours (AEH) and for repeat injuries, 3.4 per 1,000 AEH. Players with knocked knees were 3.2 times more likely to have a knee injury, while those with stronger leg muscles (hamstrings and quadriceps) had a 30-35% lower risk for a knee injury. Additionally, those who played throughout the year had a 2.5 times higher risk for knee injury than those who only played on one team each year or who played a variety of sports. The findings underscore the importance of strengthening the leg muscles, avoiding sports specialization, and taking steps to correct faulty knee posture as a means for reducing the risk of knee injury in this population of athletes.

Doctors of chiropractic commonly treat athletes who participate in many different sports—both for recovering from injury and reducing the risk of injury in the first place—using a combination of manual therapies, specific exercises, and nutritional recommendations.

So, if you are experiencing knee pain and you type in pain management near me, and you find that Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

You may wonder, what is wrong with my knee?  
Pain in the knee or pain on the knee is a problem that needs attention. Kneecap pain can be particularly annoying.

Do I have a muscle strain in the knee or neuropathic pain?
You may be worried about a torn meniscus or a Baker’s cyst or kneecap pain. 

Pain in the knee or pain on the knee is concerning for sure.  Some who may be concerned about neuropathy may be concerned if this is neuropathic pain. Many who have been diagnosed with neuropathy have been on high-dosage chemicals and wonder why their knee pain remains persistent. Pickleball, golf, and tennis are common sports to cause knee pain. Some try strong chemicals to no avail.  Some have tried applying chemical gel to the affected area with temporary relief at best.

As a last resort, some type in pain management to find relief.  Hopefully, you won’t have a torn meniscus but if you do it doesn’t mean surgery is your only option. Obviously, most want to avoid a knee replacement.  Sometimes it can be a patellar tendon irritation easily resolved with conservative non-surgical treatment. Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitate a visit to see a professional before it becomes a surgical case. 

 

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