All About Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL injuries are prevalent in sports including rugby, football, basketball, tennis, and badminton. The sudden change of direction or sudden stops while running full speed is the culprit. Tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament is not easy, an ACL tear often presents with minor or severe damage to other structures, including PCL, MCL, and LCL as well as cartilage and meniscal damage within the knee. As the name applies, Anterior Cruciate Ligament is a ligament. Its purpose is to keep your leg from forwarding dislocation. Prevention of backward displacement is through the other ligament called the PCL or the posterior cruciate ligament. ACL and PCL strain are acutely painful. Pain from a torn anterior cruciate ligament can be felt in front of the knee, lower thigh and may even cause significant leg pain.
The human knee joint has four main ligaments:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)
- Medical Collateral Ligament (MCL)
- Lateral Collaterally Ligament (LCL)
Together, the four main ligaments connect the thighbone to the leg bone; forming the knee joint and provide stability as well as protection. Knee pain, leg pain, thigh pain, hip pain are common symptoms.
The Symptoms Of Anterior Cruciate Ligament
A sudden pain in the knee is the most common symptom of a cruciate ligament tear. Most of the time, the athlete becomes aware that something serious has happened in the knee region when a “pop” is heard in the knee. The popping sounds are the snapping of the cruciate ligament. ACL or PCL does not have pain-sensing nerves, and as such the tear in itself will not hut. But, the pain is the result of bleeding, which leads to knee joint swelling. Instability, weakness and an inability to walk may be experienced soon after an ACL tear.
The BEST Treatments of ACL Treatment in Malaysia
If you suspect a torn ACL, you should immediately consult one of our clinical research-based chiropractors. However, in our center the care you is through combined collaborative efforts some of the best chiropractors and physiotherapist in Malaysia. Our integrative solutions are far superior to the singular efforts of chiropractic or physiotherapy. Why settle for one or the other when you can get care from both simultaneously. Our expert team of physiotherapists and chiropractors has the required skills and experience to accurately diagnose any ligamentous injury or instability involving the knees, hips, feet or spine.
The best method of ACL treatment is through conservative means. Surgery should be the last option and when the ACL has a full thickness tear. Partial ACL tears do respond well to conservative treatments. Key to success is accurate diagnosis and timely care.
What Should You Do with an ACL Tear?
The P.R.I.C.E. therapy (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is the immediate treatment process for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury. In fact, the cold and compression wrap therapy should be used for at least 72 hours. The sooner you start this, the better the outlook. Most ACL tears are partial; full thickness tears are common in severe injuries and those that did not follow the P.R.I.C.E. rule.
If you have injured your knee, call us. Our clinical professional non-surgical teams can you with guidance, treatment, and accurate diagnosis. MRI exam of the knee is the gold standard in ACL and PCL assessment. Rest assured, if MRI is warranted, we will make the appropriate referral.
Do You Need Surgery for Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
The decision to operate or not and when to operate is usually a controversial one. Many other factors influence the decision such as the athlete’s age, lifestyle, occupation, and the degree of instability within the knee area. That is why you need to visit one of our centers. We can provide you with non-surgical options if there are any. Many centers offer limited or outdated methods of bracing and treatment that fails frequently. Limited methods of ACL therapy are the key reason why so many resorts to surgery. If you have a knee injury, we offer the best non-operative knee pain treatment option in Malaysia.
Our expert medical team will guide you throughout the healing process. In fact, if the condition could be healed without surgery, our team will let you know. They will also guide you all the while. On the other hand, if an operation is essential, our clinical team will refer you to a reputed surgeon who can surgically treat your ACL: Anterior Crucistae Ligament injury today.