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Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury

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Essentially the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain or tear. Athletes who engage in high intense sports like soccer, football, and basketball are more inclined to injure their anterior cruciate ligaments. It is highly likely that surgery is required to regain full use of your knee for those who have injured their anterior cruciate ligaments. It all depends on several factors, including the seriousness of your injury along with your level of activity.

Anatomy of the knee

Cruciate ligaments are found within your knee joint. They cross one another to make an “X” where the anterior cruciate ligament lies in front and the posterior cruciate ligament lies in the back. The cruciate ligaments control the back and forth motion of one’s knee. The anterior cruciate ligament runs diagonally in the centre of the knee. It prevents the shinbone (tibia) from sliding out in front of the thighbone (femur). Both together provide rotational stability for the knee.

Grades of Anterior Cruciate Ligament sprains

About 50 % of injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament occur together with injury to other structures inside the knee, which include articular cartilage, meniscus, and other ligaments. Injured ligaments are viewed as “sprains” and therefore are graded on the basis severity.

• Grade 1 Sprains – usually only mildly damaged. The ligament is often slightly stretched, but remains capable to ensure the knee joint is stable.

• Grade 2 Sprains – known as a partial tear. This sprain stretches the ligament enough where it becomes loose.

• Grade 3 Sprains – known as complete tear.  The ligament has become separated into two pieces. Resulting in the knee joint being unstable.

Cause of Anterior Cruciate Ligament sprains

Injury to the anterior cruciate can happen in the following ways:

• Changing direction rapidly
• Stopping suddenly
• Slowing down while running
• Landing from a jump incorrectly
• Direct contact or collision, for example a football tackle

Symptoms of Anterior Cruciate Ligament sprains

After you injure your anterior cruciate ligament, you would possibly hear a “popping” noise and you’ll feel your knee give out from under you. Other typical symptoms include:
• Pain with swelling
• Decrease in full range of movement
• Tenderness over the joint line and discomfort while walking

Treatment for Anterior Cruciate Ligament sprains

Treatment for an ACL tear can vary based on a person’s individual needs. For example, the young athlete associated with agility sports will most probably require surgery to soundly resume sports. The less active, usually older, individual might possibly get back to a quieter lifestyle without surgery.
• Bracing. Your chiropractor may recommend a brace to guard your knee from instability. You may be give  crutches to help your knee and keep you putting weight on your leg.
Physical rehabilitation. As the swelling decreases, a careful rehabilitation program commences. Specific exercises will restore function to your knee and strengthen the lower limb muscles that support it.

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