Physical Therapy for Knee Ligament Injuries
With the knee being the body’s largest joint, it’s no wonder that over 5.5 million people per year have medical visits due to knee problems. At our offices, we also see a large number of patients requiring physical therapy for knee ligament injuries.
Ligament injuries are common in adults and older adolescents. The stability of the knee is dependent on the muscles which act as active restraints and ligaments which act as passive restraints. Ligaments are strong cords of tissue that connect bone to bone across joints. Ligament injuries are graded by severity:
- Grade I, mild: the ligament is stretched, but is intact.
- Grade II, moderate: the ligament is partially torn.
- Grade III, severe: the ligament is totally torn and instability is present to examination.