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Sport & Wellness

A torn ACL refers to an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. This is a major ligament, which aids in keeping the tibia in its proper place and keeps the knee stable overall,  so it can be very limiting to deal with an injury to your ACL. 
Like many active people, I have had my fair share of knee injuries and knee pain. The knee is a complex and often overloaded joint. We expect a great deal from a joint that really has a limited range of motion and one that has some delicate architecture. Most active individuals know how easily a knee injury can occur, and the drive to excel at sport and fitness usually overrides any concerns we have about our knees. Even though the knee is injury prone, it’s still better from an overall health perspective to be as active as we can be. Proper training goes a long way in preventing knee injuries. If you are experiencing knee pain, it’s essential for you to get an accurate diagnosis and follow your health care team’s recommendations. 

Hockey challenges the body in several ways, and as an intensely physical sport, it demands high performance and the ability to take some hits. Getting on the ice requires a superior level of cardiovascular conditioning as well as strength, power, and muscular endurance. Even at the recreational level, you need to have these physical characteristics, hand-eye coordination, and game strategy and tactics. Given the time and energy you devote to hockey, you don’t want to be sidelined by the aches and pains that come with the hits, crashes into the boards, and wipeouts on the ice. Whether it’s an on-ice practice session or a game, always follow through with some aftercare. Taking the time to look after your body will keep you on the ice and off the bench. By checking in on your body, you can take corrective action before your next game. 

Knee injuries are common, particularly in high-intensity sports. We expect a great deal from this complex and often fragile joint. Our fast and sudden movement through multiple planes of motion coupled with load-bearing can take the knee joint past its capabilities resulting in catastrophic damage. Injury to this joint can range from a minor sprain to so much damage that a total knee replacement is required. Preventing knee injuries is tricky, particularly if you participate in high-intensity sports like basketball and soccer. The knee action is crucial to sports performance, and it is often pushed to its physical limits. While one cannot completely guard against knee injuries, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that your knee remains as healthy as possible.

Like many, I have chronic pain due to two injury sites, both of which have been reinjured. I have had to adapt my life to address my chronic pain and have learned a great deal about myself and my injuries. Here are a few tips that you may find value in if you are also experiencing chronic pain.

Knee pain due to stress on the knee joint is common in people, particularly those who participate in sports. Here you can effortlessly escort yourself about everything associated with this health condition called Runner's Knee.

Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.
Our knees take on quite an incredible amount of impact during various sports, activities, and just everyday movement, so it’s really no wonder that it is common for adults to experience some form of acute or chronic knee pain at some point.

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