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Knee Pain Traumatic

Knee pain, instability or loss of motion related to a specific traumatic event.

Knee Pain TraumaticKnee Pain Traumatic: Initial Diagnosis and Management

  • History (special attention to mechanism of injury) and physical examination for Knee Pain.
  • Radiographs to rule out fractures.
  • Obvious fracture, instability, or motor disruption:  refer (see below).
  • Initial exam may be difficult due to Knee pain and/or significant effusion.
  • In these cases, treat w/ice and compression for 4-14 days and re-assess.
  • Exercises should be initiated immediately to prevent loss of muscle tone and bulk (*consult PT for instruction and/or supervision of exercises).

Knee Pain Traumatic: Ongoing Management and Objectives

  • Repeat examination at 4 to 14 days for more definitive physical evaluation of Knee Pain.
  • Medial or lateral collateral ligament strains (w/o instability):  treat with bracing, activity limitations and appropriate knee rehabilitation exercises.  Treat for 6-8 weeks.
  • MRI if effusion or other symptoms persist beyond 6-8 weeks.

Knee Pain Traumatic: Indication a profile is needed

  • Any limitations that affect strength, range of movement, and efficiency of feet, legs, lower back and pelvic girdle.
  • Slightly limited mobility of joints, muscular weakness, or other musculo-skeletal defects that may prevent moderate marching, climbing, timed walking, or prolonged effect.
  • Defects or impairments that require significant restriction of use.

Knee Pain Traumatic: Specifications for the profile

  • Months 1-3
    • No running, jumping, marching, squatting.
  • Months 4-6
    • Gradual transition into own pace and distance