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Transcript of ACL Injuries
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AN ACL INJURY
Immediately after you may experience
• Too painful to bear weight
• Hearing or feeling a "pop" in the knee when an ACL injury occurs.
Why women have a higher chance of tearing their ACL
-Injury rate for females is higher than males due to differences in:
-hormone levels on ligament strength and stiffness
-lower limb biomechanics
-ligament strength and fatigue
-Increased flexibility and hyper extension in the knee joint
-Wider hips which direct most of the force to their knees
DEFINITION OF AN ACL INJURY
An ACL injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). An ACL injury most commonly occurs during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction. These sports include; basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
WHAT IS THE ACL?
-The ACL connects the femur to the tibia
-The ACL provides stability in the knee
-It prevents the tibia from moving too far forward and rotating too far inward under the femur
-Provides stability in the knee
-Immediately after follow the RICE procedure
-Your doctor will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling.
-Depending on the severity treatment may include;
-Which is then followed by rehabilitation
- Or if it's not completely torn, just rehabilitation and rest
BASIC ANATOMY OF THE KNEE
-Patella sits in front of knee
-Knee is where femur and tibia join
-Knee is synovial joint
Within the knee joint there are 4 major ligaments;
-Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
-Lateral Collateral ligament (LCL)
-Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
-Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
-15 years old
-Did it in soccer
-Kept playing and did it 3 more times
-Finally found out it was a torn ACL
-Surgery on Tuesday
-Crutches for 2 weeks
-6-8 months of rehab
How Do I Prevent an ACL Injury?
-No single exercise
-protecting by developing and maintaining strength and endurance in your lower extremities.