The Knee is a part of the body that can go wrong easily in athletic endeavours. Unfortunately, serious ligamentous tears and torn cartilages can result from seemingly insignificant, as well as significant trauma. Therefore, it is important to see a doctor about any knee that seems seriously injured before relying too much on pressure acupuncture. If the doctor feels conservative therapy is indicated then acupressure should be given a good try. If the knee does not respond, the doctor should be re-consulted. This advice actually applies to pressure acupuncture in general but is more important with something than others.
Knee injuries usually send people to the doctor. In 2010, more than 10 million visits to the doctor were caused by knee pain and injuries.
Most of these visits were due to the same common problems. Knee injuries can often be treated at home, but some are severe enough to require surgery.
This article discusses the anatomy of the knee, common knee injuries and some of the treatment options.
Ten common knee injuries
The knee is a complicated joint. It moves like the hinge of a door, allowing a person to bend and stretch their legs so they can sit, bend, jump and run.
The knee consists of four components:
The femur, commonly known as the femur, is located in the upper part of the knee joint. The tibia or tibia is the lower part of the knee joint. The patella or kneecap covers the meeting point of the femur and the tibia.
Cartilage is the substance that moistens the bones of the knee joint, facilitates the sliding of the ligaments over the bones and protects the bones from the blows.
There are four ligaments in the knee that act like the cords, binding the bones together and stabilizing them. The tendons connect the muscles that support the knee joint with the bones of the upper and lower leg.
There are many types of knee injuries. Listed below are 10 of the most common knee injuries listed.
2. Lesions of the anterior cruciate ligament.
4. Tears of meniscus.
7. Tears of the tendon.
8. Side collateral injuries.
9. Iliotibial band syndrome
10. Lesions of the posterior cruciate ligament.
The first knee point is knee point1.
Knee/Leg injuries and Knee Arthritis
Knee point 2 is important with knee and leg injuries and arthritis of the knee. Since the point is usually somewhat remote to the actual injury, fairly strong pressure can be applied to it as well as rotational motion if desired.
Knee point 3 is a point that has some other uses besides for knee injuries, but it is a point that should be included for pressure and massage in knee injuries and infirmities.
Knee point 4 has been previously encountered in back injuries. It also has its uses as a local point in knee injuries and is a very useful site. The pressure is especially helpful. Massage can be tried to see if it is of aid.
Knee point 5 is another general point as well as a local one. Again it can be useful because if will frequently be away from the site of the injury and heavier pressure earlier can apply here.
Knee point 6 is another multiple use point that is somewhat removed from the usual sore point or injury point. It must also be remembered hat occasionally these slightly remote points will be the object of injury, and then points closer to the knee itself can have pressure applied also, it is important to remember that the actual point of injury can be massaged gently at first in association with these pressure points being manipulated.
Knee point 7 is another systemic site and has many uses. However, it is one of the most important points for knee disabilities, if not the most important, and should be considered first in the selection of what sites should be utilized.
Knee point 1: Location can be seen by slightly bending the knee and finding the depression at the lower outside edge of the knee cup.
Knee point 2: It is located in the muscle that runs on the outside of the thigh, two inches up from the knee-cap. Have the patient sit on a chair and bend his leg at a 90* angle. Measure two inches up from the top of the knee-cap. The point slightly to the outside of the leg.
Knee point 3: Location can be found by bending the knee and finding the crease formed on the medial or inner aspect. The point is at the end of the crease.
Knee point 4: Located on the back portion of the knee exactly at the midpoint of the crease.
Knee Point 5: Located at the top of the shinbone, on the inside of the leg. To make it simpler, it is located at a level three finger breadths below the lower level if the knee cap at the intersection of an imaginary line travelling vertically along the middle of the inside of the leg.
Knee point 6: Have the patient sit and bed his leg at a 90* angle. Catch the centre of his knee cap with the centre of your palm. The tip of your thumb will touch knee point 6, two inches above the knee-cap. In fact, it is located at a level three finger breadths above the upper border of the knee cap where an imaginary line travelling vertically up the middle of the inside of the thigh crosses that level.
Knee Point 7: Located in front of and below the head of the fibula, which is the rounded knob located near the middle of the outside aspect of the leg at a level about two fingerbreadths below the lower level of the knee cap. The point itself is located in the depressed area in front of and below the fibula head.