The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in the knee. It is a tough band of tissue that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and plays a crucial role in stabilizing the knee joint. The ACL helps control the back-and-forth movement of the knee and provides stability during activities like running, jumping, and changing direction. Garden State Pain and Orthopedics provides comprehensive personalized healthcare plans for all knee and sports related injuries, including ACL tears.
Why are ACL tears common amongst athletes?
ACL tears commonly occur during sports activities due to a combination of factors including:
It's important for athletes to engage in proper training, conditioning, and injury prevention programs to minimize the risk of ACL injuries. Additionally, education on proper techniques and awareness of body mechanics can contribute to injury reduction during sports activities.
How long does it take to recover from an ACL injury?
The recovery time for an ACL tear can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury, the individual's overall health, the chosen treatment approach, and the extent of rehabilitation. In general, ACL tear recovery involves multiple stages:
It's important to note that not all ACL tears require surgery, and some individuals may opt for non-surgical approaches, especially if the tear is partial or the individual's lifestyle doesn't demand a high level of knee stability.
Recovery is highly individual, and factors such as compliance with rehabilitation exercises, overall health, and the extent of the injury influence the timeline. It's crucial for individuals to work closely with healthcare professionals, including orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists, to create a personalized rehabilitation plan and monitor progress throughout the recovery process.
What treatments does Garden State Pain and Orthopedics offer?
Garden State Pain and Orthopedics offers ACL reconstruction surgery, along with non-surgical treatments for ACL tears. While ACL reconstruction surgery is a common treatment for ACL tears, there are alternative options, especially for individuals with partial tears or those who may not require surgical intervention. It's important to note that the choice between surgical and non-surgical treatments depends on various factors, including the severity of the injury, your activity level, and your overall health. Dr. Deepan Patel, Orthopedic Surgeon at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics, offers:
It's essential to consult with orthopedic specialists like Dr.Patel to provide the most appropriate treatment plan based on your specific circumstances. The decision between surgical and non-surgical options should be made collaboratively with healthcare providers, taking into consideration factors like your age, lifestyle, activity level, and the nature of the ACL injury.
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Dr. Deepan Patel, MD - Orthopedic Specialist
Dr. Patel practices in Garden State Pain and Orthopedics’ Jersey City, Clifton, West Orange, and Edison locations and specializes in sports injuries, tendon repairs, joint replacements, arthroscopic surgery, and tends to all injuries related to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, and ankle. He offers innovative treatment options for common sports-related injuries, including ACL tears, meniscus tears, and labral tears.
Dr. Scott Hanauer, MD - Foot and Ankle Specialist
Dr. Hanauer is located in Clifton, Jersey City, Edison, and West Orange, and provides treatments for all injuries related to the foot and ankle. Achilles ruptures, bunions, bunionettes, hammertoes, fractures, and ligament reconstruction are commonly treated by Dr. Hanauer. He also specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, including ankle replacement, flat foot and cavus foot reconstruction, and ankle and midfoot fusions.
Matt Jensen, PA - Orthopedic Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant Matt Jenses helps patients with injuries related to the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow, wrist, and ankle, and works out of Jersey City, Clifton, Edison, and West Orange.
Pain Management Providers:
Dr. Dev Sinha, MD - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. Dev Sinha specializes in pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation at Garden State Pain & Orthopedics integrating physical and behavioral therapies, medications, and the most innovative, minimally-invasive procedures. He is available in Clifton, Jersey City, and Edison.
Dr. Neil Sinha, MD - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. Sinha is especially interested in treating cervical and lumbar pain, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and post-laminectomy syndrome. He also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of complex regional pain syndrome, facial pain, and headaches. Dr. Neil Sinha is available in Edison, Clifton, Hazlet, and Jersey City, New Jersey.
Dr. Jahnna Levy, DO - Pain Medicine Physician
As an osteopathic physiatrist, Dr. Levy believes in a multifaceted and holistic approach to pain management. She treats each person as an individual, formulating a systematic treatment plan to restore function, reduce pain, and improve their quality of life. Along with neck, back, and joint pain, Dr. Levy also treats vein conditions such as varicose veins and spider veins at Garden State Pain and Orthopedics’ locations in West Orange, Clifton, Jersey City, and Edison.
Dr. Saurabh Dang, MD, MBA - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr Dang offers multiple therapies for the treatment of chronic pain including: Intrathecal drug delivery system implantation, Dorsal Column Spinal Cord Stimulation implantation, Dorsal Root Spinal Cord Stimulation implantation, Insertion of interspinous spacer for spinal stenosis, SI joint arthrodesis, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild procedure) for spinal stenosis, and percutaneous tenotomy among others to treat chronic pain.
Dr. Dipan Patel, MD - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. Dipan Patel specializes in Botox® for chronic pain disorders, trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disorders, and headache and chronic migraine. He also specializes in complex regional pain syndrome, joint pain, and post-laminectomy syndrome at four of our office locations in Edison, Clifton, Hazlet, and Jersey City, New Jersey.
Dr. Andrew So - Pain Medicine Physician
Dr. So specializes in neck pain, back pain, spine pain, post-laminectomy syndrome, headache pain, migraine pain, joint pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, neuropathy, acute, and post-surgical pain syndromes, and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), amongst others in Clifton, Jersey City, Edison, and West Orange.
Tyler Duggan, PA - Pain Medicine Physician Assistant
Tyler Duggan is a nationally certified physician assistant who specializes in pain management. He believes in a multimodal, evidence-based strategy for the treatment of both acute and chronic pain utilizing the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques when necessary. Tyler is located in Clifton, Jersey City, and Edison, New Jersey.
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