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Ski injury blog post


Skiing is a popular winter sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. However, it can also be a high-risk activity that can lead to knee injuries. Some of the most common knee injuries that can occur while skiing include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears: The ACL is a major ligament in the knee that helps to stabilize the knee joint. Skiing can put a lot of stress on the ACL, especially when a skier makes sudden stops or changes direction. A torn ACL can cause pain, swelling, and instability in the knee.

  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears: The MCL is another major ligament in the knee that helps to stabilize the knee joint. Skiing can put a lot of stress on the MCL, especially when a skier's ski hits an object or is caught in a rut. A torn MCL can cause pain, swelling, and instability in the knee.

  • Meniscal tears: The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that sits between the thigh bone and the shin bone in the knee. Skiing can put a lot of stress on the meniscus, especially when a skier's ski twists or is caught in a rut. A torn meniscus can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the knee.

  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome: Skiing can put a lot of stress on the kneecap and the bones and tissues surrounding it. This can lead to patellofemoral pain syndrome, which is characterized by pain in the front of the knee.

These injuries can happen to skiers of all levels, but it is more likely to happen to those who are less experienced, not properly equipped, or are skiing on terrain that exceeds their abilities.

To prevent knee injuries while skiing, it is important to warm up before hitting the slopes, wear appropriate protective gear and make sure it fits properly, ski within your abilities and take lessons to improve your technique, and stop skiing if you experience pain or discomfort in your knee. If you do experience a knee injury while skiing, it is important to seek medical attention and to follow a proper rehabilitation program to recover as fully as possible. Contact us here in Southampton on info@wessex-knee.com

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