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A Short Guide to ACL Injuries

January 30, 2012

Did you know there was a time when an ACL injury mean the end of an athletes career? Not so anymore. It will end your season, but the surgery is so reliable that with the proper rehab you can be back on the field in about ten months.

Whether you injure your ACL playing sports or from a fall at work, you need to know all you can about to make the best decisions about your injury. This short guide will hopefully help you.

Torn ACL: 4 Things You Should Know

When it comes to sports injuries, an ACL tear can be one of the worst one injury you can get to your knee. But it really depends on the severity. Here are four quick facts you should know about a torn ACL that can help you determine such questions as “How bad is the injury?”

7 Self-Administring Tests to Know If You’ve Injured Your ACL

Anterior cruciate ligament. ACL for short. It’s the ligament that runs up from your shin bone and passes through the middle of the knee, attaching itself to the bony part of the femur, or thigh bone. It’s not very big. Less than an inch and a half long and half an inch wide.

Can You Return to Top Performance After ACL Surgery?

The world of sports is full of miracles. This so-called miracle usually involves the underdog upsetting the favorite in an improbable comeback, but most of the time when the word “miracle” is used to describe some aspect of sports, it’s sensational, exaggerated and flat-out overblown until now.

Football Players: How to Prevent ACL Injuries

A torn ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is arguably the worst injury a football player could suffer. It usually ends the player’s season and can even put their careers in jeopardy.  Even after surgery, the chances are slim that a player can reach prior levels of performance.

What Hockey Players Should Know about ACL Tears

Hockey is not as brutal on the body as football, where full contact is possible on every down, but due to the high-speed collisions on a rink, a hockey player can find himself suffering from a serious knee injury like an ACL tear.

What Is a Successful ACL Reconstruction Surgery?

Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson suffered a season-ending injury in his game with the Washington Redskins last Saturday. Fortunately for him and the Vikings, who weren’t in playoff contention to begin with, there is only one game left in the season.

Dr. Rick Lehman is a distinguished orthopedic surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri and an articular cartilage reconstruction pioneer. He owns U. S. Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, MO, and LehmanHealth. Learn more about Dr. Rick.

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