Tactical Athletes Overuse Injuries: Knee Pain

Knee Pain Aug10th 2020

Calling all active or retired military personnel who are struggling to recover from a painful accident or underlying condition! You don’t have to travel this road alone. Athletix Rehab and Recovery can help and proudly accepts Tricare insurance. 

We enjoy educating our clients and providing information that spreads awareness about common pain conditions that our clinic can help with. In this blog, we’d like to introduce a new educational three-part series, where will go over common overuse injuries seen in the military as well as in tactical athletes. 

If you’re struggling to recover from an injury or are dealing with a pain condition, be sure to contact Athletix Rehab & Recovery as soon as possible! 

Meet Our Team

Here at Athletix Rehab & Recovery, our Doctors of Physical Therapy are Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists that combine rehabilitation principles and performance training to return soldiers and veterans to a high level of function required on a daily basis.

Our team specializes in treating tactical athletes as we cater to the physical demands and mentality of the modern-day soldier returning to combat. The professionals at Athletix Rehab and Recovery have had extensive experience with soldiers within each branch of the United States Armed Forces and federal law enforcement agents of the Department of Justice. Our therapists also treat amputee adaptive athletes and combat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) with comprehensive care.

Dr. Kyle Krupa (co-founder and Physical Therapist ) is a Volunteer at Fit Ops Foundation. He has been a part of six FitOps Foundation Courses as an instructor in “Injury Prevention Screening, Special Populations, and Programming”. With a unique blend of manual therapy and strength training, Dr. Krupa has been able to elevate elite athletic performance by addressing athletic injury and movement dysfunction.

Part I: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Part one of this series focuses on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). PFPS is a blanket term that stems from numerous different causes of knee pain. PFPS, like other overuse injuries, typically stems from overtraining or progressing a training program quicker than the body can tolerate. Muscular imbalances and decreased range of motion can also predispose the athlete to overuse injuries. 

Overuse injuries are any injury to the muscle, tendon, or joint from repetitive stress or microtrauma. Military boot camp, or basic training, has been known to cause overuse injuries in tactical athletes.  These types of injuries can be debilitating but can be managed with the right knowledge and treatment here at Athletix.

Some common symptoms associated with PFP include:

  • Dull aching pain in the front of the knee aggravated during or after exercise and by:
  • Sitting for prolonged periods
  • Walking up/downstairs
  • Squatting
  • Running
  • Weakness in the quadriceps/hip muscles
  • Tightness in the hamstring and/or iliotibial band

Why Is Physical Therapy Necessary For Tactical related Knee Pain?

It is important to identify the exact cause of why you are experiencing knee pain. Understanding and correcting the underlying issue is the key to any rehabilitation program. Simply treating the symptoms won’t get rid of the real problem!

Physical therapists are movement experts who are trained to help you identify the movement disorder behind your knee pain. They can provide the correct exercise prescription to get you back to doing the things you love to do. 

When you arrive at our clinic for your initial exam, one of our certified movement specialists will examine your movements and pinpoint the true source of your pain. 

Our clinic treats several pain conditions when it comes to the knees and your ability to walk without pain. Below is a list of common conditions our physical therapists can help with:

  • Sprain / Strain
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears
  • Medial Cruciate Ligament (MCL) Tears
  • Lateral Cruciate Ligament (LCL) Tears
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Poor Balance / Risk of Falling
  • Post-surgery Rehab
  • Difficulty Walking

Contact Our Clinic Today

Here at Athletix Rehab & Recovery, we make it our top priority to see our patients through to the end of their treatment. We want to ensure that you are educated about your condition and understand that our therapists are here to help you every step of the way to recovery. 

Contact us today to learn more about your treatment options, and don’t forget to check back for part two of our “Tactical Athletes Overuse Injuries” series!

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