Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four cruciate ligaments in the knee that exist in order to stabilize the knee.  This ligament runs diagonally in the middle of the knee preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur and stabilizes knee rotation.  ACL tears can occur from landing or planting in sports with or without contact and are one of the most common knee injuries.  There are three grades of tears for an ACL injury.  A grade 1 tear is a slightly stretched ACL that is still able to keep the knee joint stable.  Grade 2 is when the ligament is over stretched and becomes loose, this is known as a partial tear.  A Grade 3 tear means that the ligament is completely torn and can no longer keep the knee joint stable.  After surgery patients may have a limited knee range of motion, pain with kneeling, numbness, infection, blood clots, and damage to the structures such as nerves and blood velssels.  

ACL Causes

  • Twisting or rapidly changing direction
  • Sudden stops
  • Slowing down while running downhill
  • Landing from a jump with improper form
  • Direct contact or collision

ACL Symptoms

  • Swollen knee with pain
  • Decreased range of motion of the knee
  • Tenderness along the leg
  • Pain with walking

ACL Treatment

ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving pain without the use of medication.  Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients with an ACL tear.  These tools can release the pressure on the nerves and muscles caused by the scar tissue after the knee has gone through the healing process.  Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the injured are back to a normal functioning level.