Football player with edema in the left knee

Football player with edema in the left knee

Football player aged 27 with edema problems in the left knee. He plays at high level club. Huge problem for the club as the player is very important for the team’s defense. After playing 30 to 40 min. his knee get swollen, very badly. He has to stop playing because of the intense pain followed by the pressure in the knee. Problem has been present for more than one year. All examinations you can think of have been done without finding anything explaining the swelling. I quickly began to think about the Hiatus of the Adductors (canal for our femoral artery and vein, becoming popliteal artery and vein).

The team’s physiotherapist accompanies the player to the first session. During examination we find that left hip is restricted in external rotation and abduction. Adductors were tight and all external rotators were tight – this pattern had been going on for some time… Further down the chain a pronation of the left ankle is seen in standing and during squatting. He has previously during his youth had two major inversion traumas on the ankle. Ankle dorsal flexion and inversion were limited on left side.

ART treatment was focused first on the passive structures of the ankle to increase dorsal flexion and inversion. This was done to make sure that the more active structures higher up the chain could work in a better and more productive manner. Then treatment was focused more on the active structures such as Adductor magnus, brevis and longus (pectineus) and the hip external rotators. Finally I released the Hiatus of the adductors aiming at reducing the pressure of the vascular structures.

ART sessions were repeated two times the same week and followed up by the team’s physiotherapist who is certified in ART. Already 2 weeks later the player could manage 90 min. of play without swelling.

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Written by Nicolai van der Lagen

Manager and Lead Instructor - Active Release Techniques® Europe Manager - Helsehuset Moss AS ART practitioner - ART Klinikken AS
Website: http://www.activerelease.com/europe