Women and ACL Injuries
ACL Injury Specialist
ACL injuries usually occur during sports or activities that involve twisting, overextension, landing from a jump or abrupt change in direction or speed of movements, and are more common in women than men due to anatomical differences. ACL injury specialist, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non‐surgical and surgical management for ACL injuries in Detroit. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four major ligaments of the knee that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and helps stabilize the knee joint. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is one of the common injuries of the knee. An injury to the ACL commonly occurs during sports or activities that involve twisting, overextension, landing from a jump incorrectly and abrupt change in direction or speed of movements.
When ACL injuries are suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is an ACL injury specialist who provides detailed examination and care for patients with ACL injuries in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.
ACL Injuries in Women
ACL injuries are more common in women than men due to anatomical differences which include:
- Women have a smaller ACL, a wider pelvis and an increased incidence of inward knee pointing.
- Women have less strength in the muscles as compared to men. In addition, women use their quadriceps muscles more than men for stability and take more time to develop muscular force resulting in greater stress on the ACL.
- Women have looser knees and a greater range of motion as compared to men.
These factors make women more vulnerable to ACL injury by weakening the ligament.
A training and rehabilitation program can help reduce the risk of ACL injury. The program focuses on:
- Controlling inward knee movement.
- Emphasizing the use of the hamstring muscles for knee stability.
- Controlling the movement of the hip and trunk and training the hip muscles to stabilize the knee.
- Controlling knee extension.
- Increasing muscle endurance.
If you have experienced ACL injuries, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic knee specialist treating patients in Detroit, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Michigan and beyond.