ACL Reconstruction And Meniscal Repairs
Sports-related injuries around the knee are fairly common whether you are a weekend warrior or elite athlete. Our knees are put through a tremendous amount of strain and pressure as we pursue our sporting ambitions. Before we discuss the common sports injuries of the knee, we first need to understand the basic anatomy of the knee.
Anatomy of the knee & common knee injuries
The anterior crucial ligament (ACL) is a strong ligament that stabilizes the knee. When subjected to extreme twisting motion or torque forces, the ACL may partially or fully rupture. Without an ACL, the knee would become very unstable during certain activities such as walking down the stars, getting out of cars, and getting involved in pivoting sports such as football.
Due to poor blood supply, a partially or fully ruptured ACL cannot not heal itself. Old techniques of repairing these injuries were refined after most of the knees developed severe stiffness post-surgery. Nowadays, a new ACL is reconstructed using various techniques. Golfer Tiger Woods, footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović and American footballer Tom Brady (American football) are just three of the many professional athletes in various sports who have torn their ACL and subsequently returned to sports after ACL reconstruction surgeries.