The knee moves through a wide range of motion with a bony block when the knee is fully extended. Knee hyperextension occurs when the knee gets forcefully extended past its normal range of motion causing damage to the connective tissue in the joint.
Knee hyperextension can be a result of a traumatic event such as a hit to the front of the knee or when another person falls on top of an outstretched knee.
– Muscle weakness.
– Generalized joint hypermobility.
– Pain with movement.
– Feeling of instability.
– Inability to weight bear.
– Loss of range of motion.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– None — see symptom checklist.
At Home Care
– Ice on/off for 20 mins.
When to Seek Help
Contact your physical therapist if the pain does not subside or gets worse after 7 days. Contact your physical therapist for post-operative rehabilitation.