Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the cruciate ligaments in the human knee. The ligament runs diagonally in the middle of the knee. The ACL prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur, in addition to providing rotational stability to the knee. ACL tears are one of the most common knee injuries. ACL tears result from landing or planting in sports, with or without contact (OrthoInfo). There are three different grade of tears: 1) Grade 1 is when the ACL is slightly stretched but is still able to keep the knee joints stable, 2) Grade 2 is when the ligament is over stretched and becomes loose, this is also known as partial tear, 3) Grade 3 is when the ligament is completely torn into two pieces and the knee joint is unstable. Complications that may arise from an ACL surgery includes limited knee range of motion, pain with kneeling, numbness, infection, blood clots, and damage to the structures such as nerves and blood vessels.
Cause: ACL can be injured by:
- Using the legs to twist or rapidly change directions
- Rapid and sudden stops
- Slowing down while running down a hill
- Landing from a jump with improper form
- Direct contact or collision in the knee
- Swollen knee with pain
- Decrease range of motion of the knee
- Tenderness along the leg
- Pain with walking
In order to relieve pain from an ACL injury, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve and treat ACL symptoms:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease flexibility and add more pressure to the knee.
- Special exercise program to decrease pressure on the knee, strengthen the muscles, stabilize the knee and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation and swelling are common with an ACL injury. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation that causes pressure on the knee.
Call us today to start the journey of pain relief!