Can A Sports Doctor Save Your Knees After an ACL Injury?
Posted by Jenn F. on Monday, October 14th, 2013
We tend to think of ACL injuries as freak occurrences that are bound to happen when one plays competitive sports. However, it’s not just a matter of time for these athletes. The causative factors leading to such injuries can often be addressed ahead of time and remedied before a devastating injury sidelines a player. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is on the leading edge of treating ACL sports injuries.
ACL Injuries Are Common, But Preventable.
More than nine players tore the anterior cruciate ligament in NFL training camp or preseason games, including the Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey and Vick Ballard from the Colts. Yet, this fate could have been avoided by following a preventative exercise regimen three times a week for just 15 minutes, says Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, team physician with U.S. Soccer. So, what steps can you take to avoid such an injury?
Total Body Conditioning Programs Reduce ACL Tear Injuries.
Dr. Mandelbaum added that college soccer players who followed the PEP program were 66% less likely to tear an ACL over the course of the season. The exercises involve knee cartilage stretching, hip strengthening, and plyometrics. “When we first looked at this thing, we found that the deficit was not in the knee. It was actually in the hip,” Mandelbaum says. “No matter the sport, the relative weakness and lack of control in the hip musculature was putting the knee in a bad position, loading the ACL, and then causing it to tear.”
Our very own Dr. Ryan Minara, an expert in sports injuries, has found the same truth in his NYC sports medicine practice. “Often times, knee problems arise from structural abnormalities in the foot and ankle,” he says. “When a sports medicine podiatrist addresses these alignment issues, we can help reduce knee pain, as well as hip and back pain.”
Choosing The Right Shoes Is Crucial In Preventing Knee Injury.
Scott Anderson, the president of the College Athletic Trainers Society, said that knee bracing and choosing the right shoe for the playing surface are important in diminishing the risk of ACL tears. “We have seen great success with sports orthotics especially,” says Dr. Nadia Levy of The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City. “This can help with knee pain — and shock absorption, which can surely save your knees.”
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC is committed to helping athletes overcome (and prevent) ACL injuries by offering physical therapy coaching programs and the latest in acute care technology. Feel free to contact us for more information.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.