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Can overcompensating cause a parallel knee injury when one

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can overcompensating cause a parallel knee injury when one of the knees had surgery .
also is there such a thing called overcompensation syndrome
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Wu replied 7 years ago.

Thank you for submitting your question.

Although there is no official medical diagnosis known as overcompensation syndrome, it is very common for patients with knee injuries/surgeries to suffer pain in the opposite knee as a result of compensation.

Because of pain and weakness in the operated leg, it is natural to shift the body weight to the opposite leg. This can cause muscle strain as well as wear/tear on the opposite knee.

Talk to your physical therapist about using a knee brace. In some cases using a cane/walker during the recovery period can alleviate pressure on the opposite knee.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
if ther is no diagnosis called overcompansation syndrome,what do you call this common type of injury
Expert:  Dr Wu replied 7 years ago.
It is referred to as knee strain- straining of the muscles around the knee area.