The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a component of the knee that guides the shinbone, keeps the feet below knees, and prevents the legs from buckling. As this video explains, orthopedic surgeons can repair torn ACLs with arthroscopic surgery.
First, the patient is prepped for surgery. Once the patient has undergone anesthesia, the orthopedic doctor creates several button-sized incisions around the knee with a surgical drill. Next, he introduces an arthroscope, or small camera, into the opening. The surgeon then removes ligament tissue from the front of the knee. This section of tissue is commonly called a graft. Holes are drilled into both the thigh and shinbone to which the ligament graft is attached. Once surgery is completed, the patient’s knee is dressed and covered with sterile bandages. Upon their release from the hospital, the patient is advised to wear a brace and use crutches until the knee has healed.
The orthopedic surgeons of OrthoCarolina provide safe and effective ACL reconstruction surgery for patients in the greater Charlotte area. To learn more about our full range of orthopedic services, please call us at (704) 323-2778 or visit us online.
Physical therapy isn’t only for high-profile athletes. In fact, individuals of all backgrounds and ages can benefit from physical therapy care. Some patients may dismiss the recommendation of orthopedic doctors to participate in physical therapy after suffering from an injury or health disorder. However, they do so at great risk to their future wellbeing. If your orthopedic physician has suggested physical therapy, do not ignore their medical advice. Physical therapy can prove vital for several reasons.
Physical therapy can prevent patient injuries.Sports medicine practitioners understand how the body works. Many times, athletes engage in activities wherein they inadvertently move in ways that could be detrimental to different parts of the body. Physical therapists can identify these potentially harmful behaviors and teach patients how to move in a manner that will decrease their risk of future injury.
Physical therapy can reduce patient accidents. The elderly population suffers from a high incidence of falls. Estimates show that nearly half of all Americans over the age of 80 will experience a fall over the course of a year. Physical therapy specialists can help older patients by having them engage in exercises that will increase their strength and coordination, which will lessen their risk of falling and incurring an injury.
Physical therapy can improve a patient’s quality of life. In cases where patients have experienced loss of body function due to stroke, partial paralysis, or another health condition, physical therapy may be the only way for them to get back any semblance of their former lives. An orthopedic care professional can create a personalized recovery plan that will help each patient to regain motion and function in affected areas of the body. With continued physical therapy, a patient has the greatest chance of becoming healthy and independent once again.
If you have suffered an injury or ailment that has diminished your physical capabilities, OrthoCarolina can help. Our team of expert orthopedic surgeons and physical therapy specialists provide comprehensive orthopedic care to patients in the greater Charlotte region. To learn more about our sports medicine and physical therapy treatment services, or to speak with a qualified OrthoCarolina representative, please call (704) 323-2778 or visit our website today.
I was referred to OrthoCarolina for a ruptured L5S1 disc. They were great, from beginning through surgery and physical therapy. They have offices all over Charlotte, with different specialists in different areas. I went to the University office and then the Randolph Rd Spine Center. They were very knowledgable and reassuring,...