A knee Injury can range from just simple everyday pain to a trauma that can leave you out of commission for many months. Our knees are vital to our everyday life; they help us get around and enjoy life. Bioworks has several options to not only aid in the recovery from injury but also help you return to the activities you love. Many of our knee braces are items we can get approved and covered through insurance; all you need is a prescription. If you have any questions about obtaining a knee brace give us a call and we can get you started.
Common Knee Injuries and Knee Injury Treatments:
ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT (ACL) SPRAIN: The function of the ACL is to prevent anterior movement of the tibia (shin), posterior movement of the femur(thigh bone), rotation of the tibia, and hyperextension of tibia. The sprain is caused by cutting, turning, landing and deceleration during activity. There are 3 degrees of ACL Sprain: first degree sprain (slight stretching of the ACL),second degree sprain (stretching and fraying of the ligament), and third degree sprain (complete tear of the ligament). Most ACL sprains will require surgery, after which you will be placed in post-op knee brace and then after some physical therapy, you will graduate to a more functional knee brace.
- Post-Op Hinged Knee Brace (used after surgery and throughout rehab)
- Functional Knee Brace (used once cleared for activities)
MEDIAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (MCL) AND LATERAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT (LCL) SPRAINS: The MCL is located on the inside part of the knee joint and helps control stability towards the inside. The LCL is located on the outside of the knee joint and helps control stability outward. The symptoms of an MCL sprain are pain on the inside of knee and possible trouble extending the knee and is caused by the knee joint being forced inward. The symptoms of a LCL sprain are pain on the outside of the knee and you may hear a pop and is caused by the knee joint being forced outward. This is injury is typically managed with rest, compression, and physical therapy. Surgery is usually only indicated if there is another injury that occurs along with the sprain. A supportive hinged knee brace can be prescribed:
- Hinged Knee Brace
OSGOOD-SCHLATTERS: Inflammation and pain just below the patella (knee cap) where the tendon connects to the tibia (shin bone). Typically occurs in active adolescents that are experiencing a growth spurt and the muscles and tendons are growing too quickly. This injury is seen predominately in jumping sports. Most physician suggest rest, stretching, and strengthening of surrounding musculature. A brace or support maybe also be prescribed.
- Patellar Tendon Strap
PATELLAR (KNEE CAP) FRACTURE: This is also referred to as a break of the knee cap and occurs when the front of the knee is impacted with a hard surface (ground, dashboard of the car). Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may be placed in a long hinged knee brace to allow the fracture to heal. If surgery is required, you may be placed in that same brace and have crutches to use to keep weight off of the injured leg. After surgery or when the bone has healed, a physician may order physical therapy and then you may graduate to shorter more functional brace.
- Post-Op Hinged Knee Brace (if surgery is required)
- Hinged Knee Brace
KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS (OA): Knee pain or a knee injury can occur due to osteoarthritis. Cartilage in the knee joint slowly wears away and decreases the cushion in the knee joint; as a result, there can be bone rubbing on bone and causes pain with every step you take. If this is the case a physician may prescribe an knee unloading brace to help prevent the bones from impacting each other.
- Ossur Rebound CRT
- Ossur Unloader One X
- DonJoy Adjuster 3
- Breg Fusion OA
- Breg Z-12 OA
- Breg Freestyle
- Medi M2 Active OA
- GameChanger Single Upright OA
In some cases, a total knee replacement (TKA) may be indicated
- After surgery, our knee Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) Machine can be used to help regain range of motion
PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME (PFPS): This injury may also be referred to as generalized knee pain. The pain maybe caused by overuse, muscle weakness, and poor patellar alignment. There are various types of treatment for this type of pain/injury. This treatment can range from rest, to a knee brace, and even to orthotics.
- Knee sleeve
- Off the Shelf
- Hinged Lateral Stabilizer
*KNEE INJURY TREATMENT COVERAGE IS BASED ON INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE PLANS AND DEDUCTIBLES AT TIME SERVICES ARE RENDERED. THERE IS NO CO-PAY FOR AN OFFICE VISIT OR ANY RETURNING VISITS FOR ADJUSTMENTS.
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