Health Conditions E - M

Knee Ligaments Injuries (Posterior / Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial / Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury)

A ligament is a fibrous band that connect and stabilizes your bones to your body.  Your knee is the largest of your body and is crucial for movement.  As your knee relies on the four ligaments which are: Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL), and Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and the muscles enclosing the joint for movement, the ligaments can be injured both through wear and tear of age or through heavy strain or rapid change in direction while exercising. These activities can cause an injury anywhere from a sprain to a full rupture that would require surgery to reconstruct the ligament.  This type of injury is especially common for athletes who train vigorously on a daily basis.

Symptoms:

  • Swelling around the knee
  • A pop noise when injured
  • Feeling loose and unstable
  • Unable to put weight on

Causes:

Common causes for ligament injures include getting heavy concentrated blow onto the knee, hyperextension of the knee, suddenly changing direction and or weight. 

Orthodox Approach:

Depending on the degree of damage that is done to the ligament, several options are suggested.  For those with only a mild injury, at home treatment such as elevating and icing the knee, as well as stabilizing with a compression garment should help.  Along with that, it is recommended that you stretch and help mobilize the knee to prevent future injuries.  For injury that caused the ligaments to either partially or completely tear can be considered for surgery to reconstruct the torn ligament.  Post surgery, the individual can take from 6 months to longer to return to the normal level of physical activity that they used to preform. 

IMI Approach:

Osteopathy:

Osteopathy is a hands on approach to correcting the alignment of the body to promote the self healing of the body and its muscular and skeletal system.  All techniques are used to help, treat, and strengthen the musculoskeletal framework which helps to alleviate the stress on the knee joint, promoting the recovery of the injured knee.  With the correct posture and positively affecting the body’s nervous, circulatory, and lympathic system, the rehabilitation after the knee surgery (if needed) will be well supported.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries and is built on the concept of energy flow called Qi that travel through our body.  Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needs into specific areas of the skin which is said to stimulate the nervous system into releasing chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and the brain.  Therefore, when your knee is swollen due to any ligament injuries or your pain of the injury is affecting your efforts of rehabilitation, acupuncture is an effective option to be used in conjunction with rehabilitation to nurse the knee back to its full potential.