Vitali Klitschko pulls out of fight – how to treat a knee sprain

vitali-klitschko-injuryVitali Klitschko had the largest payday of his life coming up on November 12th against Hasim Rahman. Too bad Vitali Klitschko pulled up lame with a knee sprain. He had to pull out of the fight, and it’ll be rescheduled in the future.

The knee is most complex joint in your body. Ligaments, tendons, bone, muscles all work together to support, move and propel your body. A knee is something that boxer relies on to duck out of the way, generate the force for punches and bounce around the ring.

Vitali Klitschko’s injury is a knee sprain, which can range for being a small inconvenience to a major ambulatory issue. Vitali’s injury is more along the lines of a small inconvenience.

What is a knee sprain? A knee sprain is the sprain of ligaments in the knee. They can become contorted or injured in such a way that causes inflammation or a small tear.

Why do knee sprains hurt? The ligaments in your knee are responsible for maintaining the proper position of the knee relative to your leg bones. When they are injured almost any leg movement is going to cause pain.

What are the symptoms of a knee sprain?

  • Swelling
  • Inability to do normal tasks
  • Loss of power
  • Deformed knee appearance
  • A pop sound when the injury occurs

How should you treat a sprained knee? You should try to reduce the swelling by using rice and a anti-inflammatory medicine. You should avoid placing weight on the knee, and brace the knee if possible. You should also limit pivoting, cutting, jumping or changing directions suddenly. This is why Vitali Klitschko has to postpone his match. For a mild spring, you should be able to recover within three to four weeks.

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