One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprain, or tear. Athletes who participate in high demand sports like soccer, football, and basketball are more likely to injure their ACL.
Three bones meet to form the knee joint: the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone), and patella (kneecap). The kneecap sits in front of the joint to provide some protection.
Bones are connected to other bones by ligaments. There are four primary ligaments in your knee. They act like strong ropes to hold the bones together and keep your knee stable.
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in front
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in back
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) is on the inside,
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is on the outside.
How common are ACL injuries?
ACL injuries and tears are very common. The ACL is the most commonly injured knee ligament. Experts estimate that between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the U.S. tear an ACL each year.
What are the Causes of ACL injury?
- Get hit very hard on the side of your knee, such as during a football tackle
- Overextending your knee joint
- Quickly stop moving and change direction while running, landing from a jump, or turning
Basketball, football, soccer, and skiing are common sports linked to ACL tears
ACL injuries often occur with other injuries. For example, an ACL tear often occurs along with tears to the MCL and the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knee (meniscus).
What symptoms will develop if you have ACL injury?
- Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee.
- Pain (especially when you try to put weight on your knee).
- Weakness or feeling like your knee has given out.
- Losing your range of motion (how far you can move your knee).
General Management of ACL injury
Acute treatment consists of the “RICE” therapy, which includes rest, ice, compression of the affected knee, and elevation of the affected lower extremity. Patients should be non-weight bearing and may utilize crutches or a wheelchair if necessary.
ACL injuries, depending upon their severity, can be managed non operatively or operatively
This system of medicine helps in complete repair in cases of partial tear. Homeopathy will help in reducing the inflammation, reduce pain and promote healing. There will be reduction in the number of surgeries done. In complex and advanced cases of ligament tear where there are irreversible changes, Homeopathy can work as an auxiliary treatment post-surgery. Homoeopathic medicines can help you in recovering faster after surgery. Along with homeopathy you would require proper best rest, support and full conservative treatment for at least 6 months.
Bryonia: the key symptom leading to Bryonia is aggravation from even the slightest motion, especially motion of the affected limb or other part. This may be a typical situation in stress fractures, shoulder injuries, knee injuries or after knee surgery, as well as lower back pain. Pain will be worse on doing anything that causes motion, including deep breathing, coughing or turning over in bed. The pain will be helped by firm, immobilizing pressure, bandaging, or lying on the painful part (which also prevents movement).
Calc fluor: this remedy is specific for sports injury due to muscle strain and overstretching of ligaments and tendons. This can result in pain and swelling, especially hard nodular swelling. Calc fluor is also one of Schuessler’s twelve tissue salts, and can be taken as a tonic to improve tone in muscles and ligaments.
Ruta: This remedy has an affinity for tendons, ligaments and cartilage, and in injuries to these connective tissues it is almost always helpful. In injuries caused by excessively strenuous activity, there may be lameness or weakness. It is also useful in injuries to the periosteum (covering of bones).
Why Cosmic Homeo Healing Centre?
At our Cosmic Homeo Healing Centre, under the able guidance of Second Generation Homeopathic Doctor, Dr Mahavrat S Patel, our team of experts have helped thousands of case of ACL injury with Homeopathic Medicines for long lasting relief.