Knee Injury Prevention

Keep your knees strong and healthy during sports and exercise

Knee injuries are among the most common sports injuries. The knees are made up of intertwined ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones -- they’re strong, but easily injured. The knees can be a major pain source for athletes of all skill levels.

Occasional, mild knee pain after you exercise is normal. But if you have severe or chronic knee pain, it’s time to see a Henry Ford Health System sports medicine specialist. The athletic trainers at Henry Ford can help you avoid serious knee injury and offer other preventive care to keep your knees healthy.

What’s my risk for a sports-related knee injury?

Athletes of any age and skill level are vulnerable to knee injury. Whether you’re a runner, golfer, dancer, or weekend warrior, knee injury is a possibility.

The majority of our adult patients are fitness enthusiasts and recreational athletes. They often get injured during recreational sports or overdoing it during a workout. We also treat high school and college student-athletes. Our athletic trainers care for student-athletes in 15 local high schools and four colleges.

We’re also actively involved with the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pride, and Detroit FC. Regardless of your age or skill level, we’ll work with you individually to determine the most appropriate treatment for your knee pain.

Can I prevent a knee injury?

You may be able to prevent certain injuries. Our certified athletic trainers can help you learn:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevention
  • Appropriate warm-up and cooldown moves
  • Proper body positioning for your sport of choice
  • Strength exercises

We also offer injury prevention resources and education and support to keep you strong and healthy.

What should I do if I develop a knee injury?

If you experience sharp or severe knee pain, or mild knee pain that won’t go away, schedule an appointment with Henry Ford Sports Medicine. We can get you in within 24 business hours.

Common injuries we treat include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears (torn ACL)
  • Cartilage damage
  • Meniscus tears
  • Patellofemoral syndrome (runner’s knee)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears (torn PCL)

Some knee injuries can be managed with physical therapy. Others may require more extensive treatment, including surgery. Our Sports Medicine team will treat your injury based on how severe it is and how you were injured.

For more information, please call the Henry Ford Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Program line at (313) 972-4167.

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