March 2017 - Orthopaedics Plus

ACL Facts Athletes Need to Know

The possibility of a knee injury looms ominously throughout an athlete’s career. The most dreaded, the ACL tear, is known for robbing players of their speed and explosiveness. Combine that with the laborious rehabilitation process, and it’s easy to understand why reclaiming confidence following an ACL injury is difficult even for the most dedicated competitors. (Check out STACK’s Athlete’s Guide to the ACL.)

Functions of the ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, better known as the ACL, attaches to the tibia and blends into the meniscus. Its purpose is to help stabilize the knee in near- and end-range extension. (more…)

Meniscus tears: Surgery or physical therapy?

You are 45 years old and the inside of your knee has been hurting during and after exercise. Recently, just walking is painful. After x-rays and an MRI, the orthopedic surgeon says you may need surgery but physical therapy may relieve your symptoms. You choose the surgery option—are you doing the right thing?
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Winter Vacation Tips for People with TMD

Taking a trip this winter? Suffering from TMD? A vacation can actually help relieve TMD symptoms since relaxation and rest are two ways of alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders. However, traveling when it is cold out can trigger problems if you aren’t prepared. Keep reading for ways to make traveling less strenuous on TMD if you’re taking winter vacations when it’s cold out.
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Why physical therapy is important after surgery?

You’ve been dealing with chronic pain for months, and have talked to your doctor about surgery. It’s been scheduled and now you’re anxious about getting through the day. But what do you do the day — or the week — after the operation?

Many patients focus so much on the hours spent at the hospital that they don’t consider the importance of rehabilitation after the operation. (more…)