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November 5, 2009

Knee Hyper-extension Injuries

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., of the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, writes a thoughtful article about knee hyper-extension. I like that the focus of this article is on anatomy and what massage therapists can do to help this hyper-extension injuries.

This same condition is seen by physical therapists quite often, especially when working with people who have gait problems. Physical therapists take a different approach to correcting the problem by using exercise, stretches (when appropriate), and orthotic devices to correct improper biomechanics at the ankle.

Of course, some people naturally hyper-extend their knees. Children with cerebral palsy have spastic muscles which forces them to hyper-extend their knees when they walk. A great site to go to for discussion of gait deformities in children and orthotic correction is DAFO Cascade. Studying these videos taught me a lot about walking anomalies and how to select proper orthotics.

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Posted by linda at November 5, 2009 12:26 PM

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