Ligament Repair Treatments and Surgeries in Scottsdale, AZ
The majority of ligament repair surgeries are performed on the four primary stabilizing ligaments in the knee, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). These ligaments run through the knee and connect it with the femur and tibia, allowing the knee to work in tandem with the thighbone, shin bone and the associated muscles.
There are several alternative treatments other than surgery, including muscle-strengthening physical therapy to compensate for the ligament damage, the use of a knee brace and limiting activities that can further damage the affected ligaments or knee.
Meniscus Tear Repair
There are two meniscus cartilages in the knee joint, both of which are positioned at the top of the tibia bone. These pads of cartilage allow the femur and tibia to smoothly glide rather than grind against one another when people walk, run or climb. Meniscus tears are frequently caused by twisting or hyper-flexing traumas.
Initial treatments for meniscus tears should generally be non-invasive in nature and may include physical therapy and muscle strengthening to restore stability to the knee. If these non-invasive therapies are proving ineffective, or a patient is in a physically demanding field of work or an athlete, a more aggressive surgical strategy may be attempted. This often include surgery to remove or repair the damaged meniscus cartilage.
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