4 Ways to Rehabilitate a Motocross Knee Injury

1. Sit in the Stands

Motocross is an exciting sport that’s exhilarating for the rider and enjoyable for the spectator. However, one reason it’s so popular is that it’s unpredictable. You can have a perfect day, but if someone next to you loses control, you face injury as well. That’s one reason why knee injuries are so common in motocross. Experts agree that the best defense when you have an injured knee is to have a good offense. Avoid motocross races until your knee heals. Allow time for training before you return to the track.

2. Cartilage

Cartilage injuries in the knee as a result of motocross happen because of a number of reasons. It’s possible to sustain a cartilage injury after a one-time trauma, such as a crash, or repeated trauma, such as overuse on those hairpin turns. An x-ray cannot see cartilage by itself, but it can see bone fragments, possibly caused at the time of injury. MRI is another way to diagnose a cartilage injury, or you can have an arthroscopy, where doctors look inside the knee with a small camera. If surgery is required to repair the cartilage damage, the surgeon can perform it during your arthroscopy. Another option to rehabilitate a cartilage knee injury is physical therapy. Your therapist or trainer chooses exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around the knee. Over time, the muscle acts similar to the cartilage and your pain diminishes. Electrical stimulation is also a good tool to rehabilitate a cartilage injury because it stimulates the flow of oxygen to the injured area. Oxygen has healing power and it speeds up healing time.

3. Ligaments

Constant strain on the knees of a motocross rider can cause ligament injuries in the rider’s knees. This type of injury is what doctors refer to as a sprain, but ligament injuries can be more serious, such as a blown out ACL. Trainers rehabilitate minor knee sprains with ice packs, physical therapy and a knee brace. You may require therapy and a knee brace for several weeks if the sprain is severe. Ligament injuries that involve a torn ligament usually require surgery, followed by weeks of physical therapy.

4. Muscles

The two most common knee injuries in motocross affect the muscles: strain and tendonitis. If a tendon tears in any way, you have a strain. If you have inflammation of the tendons in your knee, it’s tendonitis. Ice and pain relievers (prescription or over the counter) help relieve the pain associated with strains and tendonitis. Keep your knee elevated and perform stretching or strengthening exercises as directed by your physician or trainer. Rehabilitation continues on your knee as you limit your activity and wear a brace to limit movement. If the damage is severe, surgery is necessary.