ACL Tears, Meniscus: Knee Pain and Chiropractic

This is part four of Chiropractic and knee pain series. ACL tears are one of the most common injuries to the knee is sports. Most frequently a tear to the ACL occurrs as a sequel to tears of the medial meniscus. This is partially due to the fact that a meniscus tear blocks full extension of the knee and puts more stress on the ACL as a result. Medial collateral ligament tears may also be associated with later injury to the ACL.
Isolated rupture of the ACL is uncommon and not usually treated surgically unless there is an avulsion fracture of the femur.
Posterior cruciate ligament tears (PCL) are usually caused then the knee is forced backwards while bent.
ACL and PCL problems may cause the tibia (largest bone in lower leg) to produce a feeling of instability in the joint as well as pain. Ruptures of the ACL may also produce a laxity in the knee and allow more front and back sliding motion at the knee. The test used by Chiropractors to determine if the ACL is intact is called the Drawer test. If the tibia has excessive motion to the front it may indicate ACL rupture. If the knee has excessive motion to the back it may indicate PCL rupture.
Dr Tom Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and is in full time Chiropractic practice. His Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Lenexa and Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injuries.

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