There are four ligaments per knee:
ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament. It is an essential supportive ligament attached to the front of the knee joint and supports the connection of the knee to the femur bone. The injury is usually caused by a high-speed or a very forceful turn or coming to a sudden stop, which causes the ligament to rip. The symptoms are a loud popping sound or a feeling of popping in the knee, severe pain, and usually a disabled, unstable leg that will begin to swell and have reduced range of motion.
Dr. Greenberg and his team will review your medical history and perform a Comprehensive Kinetic Diagnosis. They will examine the damaged knee plus everything connected to it from the lower back to the pelvis down to the ankles and feet. In the knee area, an ACL, PCL or MCL injury can also cause system-wide joint injury including cartilage, bursae, nerves and leg muscles. Only by looking at the big picture and assessing the kinetic dysfunction can a sound diagnosis and treatment program be established.
Sometimes a ligament injury is not caused by a physical injury to the knee but is related to another physical issue such as a collapsed arch in a foot, a slightly twisted ankle or a leg length discrepancy. All it takes to damage the patella, stress a ligament or tear a medial meniscus is a change in your posture that skews your body to one side. With time, your knee can become destabilized and your pelvis may begin to tilt. A friend may comment that you seem to be limping, which comes as a complete surprise to you. Your body had automatically started to compensate for the changed kinetics.
To bring your body back into equilibrium, Dr. Greenberg brings your biomechanics to a balanced state, repairs ligaments and restabilizes your knee.
Sometimes the knee joint is so injured it needs to be regenerated. Dr. Greenberg developed Kinetic Regeneration Therapy (KRT) that includes Prolotherapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Treatments. The treatments activate the body’s natural regenerative system which contains components like stem cells, pericytes, fibroblasts, endothelial cells and macrophages which work together to regenerate the knee joint.
Before any treatment, Dr. Greenberg and his team will review the optimal treatment plan designed to help you improve knee functionality. You may require several treatments over a few weeks, and recovery may take six to eight weeks.
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is located on the inner side of the knee and is important for stabilizing the knee from outward turning forces. An MCL injury is often referred pain that seems to be located at the center of the knee. It can confuse a diagnostician, plus it may not appear on an MRI. Compounding things, an MCL injury often occurs with arthritis of the knee and meniscus tears so it can be difficult to pinpoint.
To correctly diagnose a torn MCL, Dr. Greenberg carefully examines your posture and gait. He will examine your knee, palpate it and test its strength to physically understand the state of all the components- tendons, ligaments, nerves and bones. Once an MCL tear is diagnosed correctly, Dr. Greenberg will try to correct your biomechanics, and treat the injured knee using Kinetic Regeneration Therapy.
If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at (833) 440-4325.