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Almost everybody, young or old, has experienced knee pain like pins and needles at some point. It could have been after a long walk, a hard run, some heavy lifting. Knee pain manifests itself in different ways from clicking and cracking sounds when folding your legs to swelling as if muscles are being pulled when you bend and stand up. However, knee pain that feels like pins and needles is often the most unsettling for many patients.
Choosing a knee brace that suits your needs isn’t as simple as walking into your nearest second-hand sporting goods store and grabbing the first brace you see on the rack…
There are a few things you absolutely must know before choosing a knee brace that will help rather than harm you.
You see, a knee brace comes in four different types:
Snowboarding season is on! The days to hit the slopes are here. While you are out there to conquer the slopes, you may be prone to common winter sports injuries such as medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear and this why you have to know what can do to prevent it.
MCL tear does not only keep you from playing but also affects your day-to-day activities. Symptoms may include bruising, pain, stiffness,instability and difficulty walking. Pain heightens when walking downhill or climbing stairs. You may hear a popping sound and have difficulty bearing weight. Severe cases of MCL tear requires rest and proper rehabilitation.
The moment you feel that sharp pain below your kneecap, you know something serious is going on. You may have patellar tendinitis. Most commonly known as “jumper’s knee” as it has been prevalence among jumpers, patellar tendonitis also affects 5% of runners.
With the right approach and proper stretches, patellar tendinitis can be treated.
As runners, we know that any kind of sharp pain, whether in the ankles or knees, can halt the training for days. IT band syndrome, specifically, affects almost the entirety of the leg. Worse, it requires you to stop your training for at least fourteen days. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the days are all for bed rest.
Just like any other type of running injury, IT band syndrome (ITBS) recovery needs you to stay mobile and minimally active to accelerate healing. There are some simple rehabilitative routines that you can do for faster ITBS recovery.