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The goal for physical therapy is to strengthen the muscles that support your knee to get you out of pain and reduce your risk of re-injuring your knee in the future.
Collateral ligaments are outside ligaments, as seen below. These ligaments prevent valgus and varus (side to side) stresses to knee.
Cruciate ligaments are found deep in the knee joint. The Anterior (front) cruciate ligament and Posterior (back) Cruciate Ligament cross in an ‘X” pattern to prevent front to back sheer stresses on knee joint.
Accelerating, decelerating, reacting, turning, twisting, and jumping, occur in almost every sport, and with these motions, our ligaments, along with muscles, prevent our joints from moving in unwanted or injury susceptible directions. However, when our muscles are broken down, our bodies are fatigued or malnourished, and our minds are not focused on the demanding task at hand, we put ourselves at risk for injury.
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You no longer have to be an avid sports fan to hear about the ACL any more. At The Spine & Health Center of Montvale, we are seeing ACL injuries more than ever before, with age ranges from children of 12 years old to active adults of all ages. We offer a range of services to address ACL injuries.
The ACL, specifically, prevents anterior (or forward) translation, and internal rotation of the tibia on the femur. In other words, the ACL also prevents lateral rotation of the femur on the tibia.