ACL Tears: One Of Most Commonly Occurring Sports Injuries

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Do you ever experience instability or a feeling of your knee giving out on you? Have you had continual severe pain and instability of your kneewith weight bearing activities? Has your knee ever popped loudly during activity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have suffered an ACL tear. The ACL, or the anterior cruciate ligament, connects your femur (thigh bone) to your tibia (shin bone). This ligament is one of 4 ligaments responsible for stabilizing your knee joint during weight bearing activities. Most ACL injuries occur during sports and fitness activities that place added stress on the knee joint. Athletes who participate in high-demand (or high-contact) sports such as football, basketball and soccer are at a higher risk of experiencing an ACL tear due the stresses placed on the knee during participation in these sports. Most ACL injuries occur with a direct blow to the knee, such as a tackle during football; landing incorrectly after jumping, such as descending from a jump shot in basketball; and suddenly cutting and changing direction, such as pivoting with your foot firmly planted on the ground in soccer or basketball.

Risk Factors for ACL Injuries Females are 5 times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than males. This is due to their broader pelvic structure, which results in their knees being more turned in toward the mid-line of the body. Female athletes also have a tendency to land from a jump with less bend in their knees, causing the knees to lock out. This increases stress on the knee joint as well as the ligaments supporting the joint. Females also have a tendency to have a greater strength imbalance between their quadriceps (muscles in the front of the thigh responsible for extending your knee) and their hamstrings (muscles in the back of the knee responsible for bending your knee). When the quadriceps are stronger than the hamstrings, the knees can hyperextend in weight- bearing positions, increasing the risk of an ACL injury. Management of ACL Injuries Conservative, non-operative treatment, such as physical therapy, is an option for ACL sprains. In an ACL sprain, the ligament is overstretched but is not completely torn. A stringent physical therapy

s t r eng t h en i ng and stabilization plan can also benefit those with partial ACL tears; athletes who participate in lower intensity sports, (those that do not involve running, jumping, and pivoting). Elderly patients or young adolescents who may not be strong candidates for surgery due to age-related healing complications will also benefit from a physical therapy strengthening and stabilization program. When cons e r vat i ve

necessary to get you back on the field, track or court. At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center, our hands- on physical therapists and athletic trainers have advanced training to ensure you’ll be able to return to your favorite sport following an ACL injury, whether or not surgical intervention is necessary. If you have had any of the previously mentioned symptoms and suspect an ACL injury, call our experts today and we’ll get you on the road to recovery.

treatment is not successful or when there is a complete tear of the ACL, surgical intervention is recommended to repair the damaged ligament. The standard surgical repair involves a graft of the patellar tendon located in the front of the kneecap, which has been proven to be the strongest, most effective ACL reconstruction method for long-term results. Following ACL repair surgery, extensive physical therapy is necessary for regaining range of motion and strength in the muscles surrounding the knee joint. Additional functional return-to-sport training will be

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I feel so much better! “I am a dancer and I’ve been having a hard time turning and jumping. It turned out that I had micro tears in my tendons. Loudoun Sports Therapy Center helped me stretch my tendons andmake my legs stronger. I feel somuch better andmy dancing has improved so much. Now I’m off to Philadelphia for a ballet intensive and I know I’ll do great thanks to Loudoun Sports Therapy Center and their amazing staff.” Emre came to Loudoun Sports Therapy Center because of pain in both of his knees. As a dancer, this impacted his ability to perform. He worked hard, completed his plan of care with LSTC and is back to dancing pain free and setting his sights on Broadway!

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monthly premium payments and a high deductible or am I willing to pay a higher premium to have a lower deductible and lower office visit copay? • Does anyone onmy plan have health issues that may result inmonthly office visits, and if so, will the plan cover it? • Is my physician in-network with this plan? • Does the plan offer out-of-network benefits? •Will authorization be required to see specialists? • I take a certain medication, how will it be covered under this plan? • If needed, are there maternity benefits for this plan? • If needed, what happens if I need care while traveling abroad? When looking for a healthcare plan: • Find your market place: your employer or via the web. Note, while using an agent may increase your premium, one benefit is that they can shop for the best plan for you that meets your needs. • Compare different types of insurance plans. Depending on your needs, there are many different plans available. • Compare the networks available from each company: PPO, HMO, EPO, and POS in-network benefits. Each of these has specific benefits but they will also have specific requirements when seeking care. • Compare out of pocket costs for each plan you’re interested in. Make sure you get the details on what is and is not covered on each plan. • Compare at least 3 different plans to find the one with the best benefits for you. • Consider an HSA plan - Health Savings Account plans offer you the opportunity to save for times when you need more care. They transfer over from year to year AND if you change plans or jobs you can take the HSA with you and use it for your healthcare.

Raking leaves is often a common cause of lower back pain and injuries this time of year. However, they can be easily prevented if you use correct body mechanics. Try these tips while you’re tidying up your yard:

1. Choose a Rake that Works with Your Body • A rake that has an adjustable handle will minimize your need to bend. • Avoid keeping your knees straight and arching your back. 2. Use Proper Lifting Techniques • Keep your body square toward the pile of leaves you plan to gather. • Bend your knees and hips so you’re not relying on your lower back to do all the work. Lift with your leg muscles and keep your back straight. • Keep the pile of leaves close to your body. Do not reach too far or twist your back to reach leaves in a new location. 3. Take Your Time • Rake small amounts of leaves and take breaks. This will help reduce stress on your lower back and help prevent arm and shoulder strain. • Use your break time to stretch out your arms and shoulders before starting on the next pile of leaves.

21251 Ridgetop Circle Suite #140, Sterling, VA 20166 703-450-4300

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