Chiropractic Care for ACL Injuries
By Sara Butler
One of the most common injuries seen by the chiropractors at The Joint are ACL injuries. You may be under the impression that injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are only for athletes -- but you’d be wrong. These injuries can truly strike anyone, anywhere, at any activity level. Here’s what you need to know about ACL injury prevention and how the chiropractors at The Joint can help.
The knee is a complex joint made up of four bones, the tibia, the femur, the fibula, and the patella. The bones glide along two fibrous discs and the entire joint is stabilized by four main ligaments: the posterior cruciate ligament, the lateral collateral ligament, the medial collateral ligament, and the ligament that often gets injured -- the anterior cruciate ligament.
The ACL helps to stabilize the knee by preventing too much forward movement of the thigh bone on the shin bone. The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine estimates that there are about 150,000 ACL injuries each year in the United States. They also estimate that treating these injuries costs $500 million dollars per year!
What Causes ACL Injuries?
If you want to save yourself from the pain and the cost of ACL injuries, then avoid these causes:
- Sudden stops
- Quickly changing direction
- Landing awkwardly
- Direct collision or forceful contact
- Slowing down from a run
Most of these things are done while playing sports, but it’s not unheard of for them to occur in everyday life, either.
The chiropractors at The Joint can help you heal from an ACL injury. Since they focus on the optimal function of the central nervous system, which controls every aspect of body function, then supporting a healthy central nervous system will help to support the healing process from an ACL injury. How fast depends on how severe the injury is, but chiropractors can normally adjust the joint in order to remove joint restrictions and dysfunctions, which restores function and range of motion to the knee. This will help to accelerate the healing process and get you back on your feet again.
If you’ve suffered an ACL injury, then come into The Joint Chiropractic today for an assessment. The chiropractors at The Joint can help encourage healing and restore proper function to get you moving and back out enjoying your life to the fullest!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fairfax, Va.