Ben Shephard health: Good Morning Britain host in hospital following injury – symptoms

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Sharing a video of himself from the hospital bed, Ben Shephard told fellow hosts of Good Morning Britain that following surgery, “the painkillers appear to be doing the job”. Aware that he has a “long, slow” recovery period ahead of him, Ben must prepare for the possibility that his knee may never be the same again. The NHS warned: “Your knee may not be exactly like it was before the injury, and you may still have some pain and swelling.”

People who experience an ACL injury have a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knee.

Reduce your risk of an ACL injury

Strengthen your core, including hips, pelvis and lower abdomen, and avoid moving the knee inward during a squat.

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Also perform exercises that strengthen the leg muscles, particularly the hamstrings.

It will also be helpful to emphasise “proper technique” during sports training.

As well as tearing his ACL, Ben also tore his meniscus – a piece of cartilage in the knee that cushions and stabilises the joint.

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This can be a “painful and debilitating” injury, noted WebMD, that is common in contact sports, such as football.

A meniscus injury typically occurs when a person suddenly changes direction while running – and it’s common to coincide with an ACL injury.

Symptom of a meniscus tear include:

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  • Pain in the knee
  • Swelling
  • A popping sensation during the injury
  • Difficulty bending and straightening the leg
  • A tendency for your knee to get “stuck” or lock up.

To speed up the recovery process, it’ll be helpful to rest, ice, and elevate the knee.

Anti-inflammatory painkillers are recommended, which will help with the pain and swelling.

It’s important to avoid “impact activities” during the recovery process, such as running and jumping.

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However, if the tear is large, unstable, or causing locking symptom, surgery might be required.

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