Knee Stretching and Exercise:
The Final Steps in Knee Rehabilitative Therapy
Stretching & Exercise = The Best Way to Deal with Scar Tissue
Even when you're injured and in pain you need to keep moving to break-up scar tissue that's forming in your tendons and ligaments in you knee. Regular movement can increase healthy range of motion (ROM) of your knee, guaranteeing you a speedier recovery process and return to regular activities. Moving when you're injured is hard. Since moving while injured can be painful most people think it's better to stop moving, rest their knee and hope that their knee injury will heal all on its' own. Even though rest is important to recovery, too much rest during the recovery process will increase the amount of scar tissue in you knee.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your tendons and ligaments with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal a tears in the soft tissue. Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a tear, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tendon/ligament tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... When those straws hit the ground they will land in a random, unorganized way. It even seems silly to think that those straws could land perfectly straight and all in the same direction.
This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms in your knee soft tissue will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding the tear. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your knee injury including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tendon that stiffens your knee reducing your mobility and making your injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your knee injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities with a mound of scar tissue on your tendons and liagments you will have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an knee injury with a lot of scar tissue and re-injure that tissue, even more scar tissue will grow to fill in those tears. If you keep falling into the dangerous cycle of re-injuring your knee without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue. Your ability to move your knee in a normal way will be impaired as the amount of scar tissue increases in and around your knee.
Knee Joint Atrophy in the knee is arguably a bigger issue than scar tissue. Whether you have a knee injury or have recently had a knee operation, you will find that the joint has a more limited range of motion than you had before. In most cases, this is due to atrophy - the shortening of connective tissue in the knee due to inactivity. In cases where atrophy exists, it is very important to stretch and do gentle exercise to nip this problem in the bud before it becomes a chronic (long-lasting) issue. If you are currently recovering from a knee injury speak with your physician about stretches and exercise. The ebooks (pdf format) shown below are $4 each.
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