Common Lower Extremity Injuries Knee Injuries

The most common knee injury is a strain of the medial collateral ligament and is commonly referred to as breaststroker's knee. This is a chronic sprain of the medial collateral ligament that results from repetitive stress on this ligament.50 Other knee injuries include patellofemoral pain, medial synovitis, and medial plica syndrome (medial synovitis).51

Dry needling acupuncture therapy is very effective in preventing and treating these knee injuries in swimmers. The protocol can be weekly de-stressing treatment for prevention and two sessions per week for treating symptoms.

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