Chiropractic Care for ACL Injuries
By Sara Butler
You know by now that there are a lot of benefits to chiropractic care for athletes to help them avoid injury, but what if you're an active person who already has an injury? Is it too late for chiropractic care? Nope! The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see a lot of patients with knee injuries, especially ACL injuries. Although ACL injuries are fairly common in athletes, it's an injury that can really happen to anyone -- athlete or not. Here's what you need to know about the anterior cruciate ligament and how the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help.
What to Know About Your Knee
Your knee joint is an amazing feat of engineering. It's made up of four separate bones: the femur, the patella, the fibula, and the tibia. There are also muscles attached to the bones by tendons to the joint on the calf, thigh, and shin, along with two discs inside the joint that cushion the bones in the joint as they move. When it comes to ligaments, there are four main ligaments that allow your knee to move and keep it stable. These are called the lateral collateral ligament, medial collateral ligament, the posterior cruciate ligament, and the star of this show, the anterior cruciate ligament.
What to Know About the ACL
Your ACL has an important job. It helps to stabilize your knee and prevent the thigh bone from moving too far forward on top of the shin bone. The National Institutes of Health reports that every year in the United States, more than 150,000 people injure their ACL.
The Causes of Injuries
Now that you know a little bit more about how your knee works, it's time to talk about how ACL injuries occur. While you often hear of athletes sustaining this type of injury, any of these actions can cause an injury to the ACL whether you're an athlete or not:
- Quickly stopping forward momentum
- Suddenly changing direction
- Landing awkwardly when jumping
- Slowing down when running
- Forceful contact or a direct collision
How Chiropractic Can Help
The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic want to help your body work as well as it can. The central nervous system controls every single function in your body, including healing. Chiropractic care can help your body to heal and recover from ACL injuries by removing joint restrictions and dysfunctions and impede the work of the central nervous system.
If you have an ACL injury, then it's not too late to get the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic involved!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.