How you engage in the game matters, not whether your team secures the win. A wrong play or too many repetitive movements is enough to cause an ACL tear. This is one of the more serious injuries that can cost you to miss the remainder of the season.
What is an ACL Tear?
ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament. These sprains or tears are located inside the knee; the tissue connects and holds the thigh bone to your shinbone. Professional athletes in basketball, tennis, or football are especially impacted should they land on their feet the wrong way with extreme force.
From the moment you get hurt on the field, you’ll notice that walking will become more difficult. With each move you’ll experience discomfort and pain. Unlike other damages, these additional symptoms of an ACL tear are easier to detect:
- The knee snaps or pops
- Pain ranges from mild to severe
- There is the limited mobility of the knee
- It feels like your leg is giving way because of the ACL tear
- There is extreme swelling following the injury
Do I Need a Sports Doctor?
If you live in the greater Los Angeles area, it’s best to have access to a team of sports medicine specialists from Premiere Chiropractic. We will ensure that you get the proper medical evaluation and treatment to avoid a longer recovery period. Treating an ACL tear will start off slow. A chiropractic doctor might recommend extended rest periods, cold compressions, elevation, and wearing a cast or brace. Most victims request crutches, as putting weight on the affected leg does more harm than good.
Surgery is permitted when there is little to no change. In that case, we would guide you through the best physical rehabilitation therapies paired with strength training exercises to aid in the recovery process. Your injured leg will not have only been repaired by the end, but you’ll see strengthen leg muscles of the quadriceps, hamstrings, and thighs.