Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee are one of the most feared and well-known sports injuries to date. Unfortunately, incidents of ACL tears are common amongst youth, professional and recreational athletes.
Research shows that female athletes are two to eight times more susceptible to ACL tears than males. ACL tears are generally due to a contact injury on a hyperextension injury of the knee resulting in popping, swelling, and pain.
If you suspect you may have an ACL tear, it is important that you see a medical professional and get a thorough evaluation to determine if imaging is necessary and potentially a referral to a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon.
Generally, if you do suffer from a full ACL tear it is recommended that you have surgery to repair the damaged ligament. The rehabilitation phase after your surgery and initial recovery is crucial in not only restoring knee stability before the injury but also making advantageous changes in your biomechanics to prevent future injury to the knee or surrounding tissues.
The rehabilitation for an ACL tear and consequent surgery is a complex topic (See Post-Surgical Rehabilitation article) discussed in a different article.
If you have goals of returning to competitive play in your sport, it is essential that the rehabilitation clinician that you work with not only restores range of motion, reduces swelling and improves strength but also uses proper periodization (jogging, agility, drills, practice, competition) to return you to competitive play stronger and more durable than ever.
Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a common injury associated with tennis as well as professions that require repetitive wrist and hand motions (hairstylists, plumbers, factory workers, etc.). It is thought that excessive wrist extension, supination and radial deviation results in slight tearing of muscles in the forearm extensor group that attach to the bony prominence on the outer aspect of the elbow resulting in pain and inflammation in the area.
Whenever you are being evaluated for a condition such as lateral epicondylitis, be sure that you are seeing a clinician trained in the Mckenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), such as our team at Miami Spine and Performance.
The reason for this is that the Mckenzie method is designed to find the source of pain in the extremities by using a specific movement-based assessment.
In our chiropractic clinic, we have found that patients presenting with symptoms of tennis elbow may have an underlying joint disorder at the elbow itself or the neck leading to similar symptoms but requiring a completely different intervention.
Being physically active and playing sports regularly is one of the best ways to stay in shape and keep your body healthy, but unfortunately, injuries can be a part of being physically active.
Before participating in a sport or new physical activity regiment, be sure that you are given a thorough movement and joint assessment to make sure there is nothing that could predispose you to a more severe injury down the road, this could save you time and thousands of dollars down the road. Prevention is our first line of defense at Miami Spine and Performance, but if you do experience one of the above injuries or other sports-related injuries, please give us a call and we’d be happy to guide you through the rehabilitation process and leave you stronger and more resilient than ever!
If you or you child is currently participating in sports and suffereing from an injury or wants to prevent future injuries and optimize performance, please give us a call at 754-231-8338 or book online at miamispineandperforance.com