Ayurvedic Management of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Tear results from leg twist or overstretching of the knee joint. Also, it is a common sports injury, if you are an athlete you are at high risk of an ACL tear. Doctors usually recommend surgery in case of an ACL tear. The article discusses the ACL Tear, the reasons and symptoms of an ACL tear, and treatment, whether surgery is the only solution or there are other alternatives to treat ACL injury naturally?
ACL injury or an anterior cruciate ligament injury is a torn in the tissue which connects the thighbone and shinbone of the knee. Commonly known as injury of the knee joint. ACL injury mostly occurs during any sports accident related to basketball, football, skiing, tennis, etc. Generally, people with ACL injury feel knee pain or swelling in the knee area, unable to bear weight on the affected knee, faces trouble while standing or walking.
Depending on the severity of your ACL injury there are 3 stages. Based on these stages treatment is recommended:
In Stage 1 only ligaments are stretched and there are mild swelling and tenderness which can be easily recovered with some supporting braces and relaxing.
Stage 2 occurs where the ligaments are near to tear with more pain, more swelling and people find difficulty while standing or walking, this requires proper physical examination through X rays, and treatment is provided accordingly.
Stage 3 involves complete loss of stability in the knee area, the ligament breaks into two parts, and the knee movement is completely nil. This case requires knee surgery and post-surgery rehabilitation.
Causes of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
The causes of an ACL injury are as follows:
- Sports accidents
- Any motor accidents,
- Falling and sudden landing from a jump,
- Receiving high-intensity direct blow on the knee from falling,
- A direct hit on the knee from the ball,
- Changing direction (cutting or pivoting) while playing which causes excessive stretch and tearing of the ligament.
Symptoms of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
The Symptoms Include
- Redness and swelling in the affected area
- Consistent knee pain or sensation in the joint
- Difficulty in standing or walking
- An odd appearance on the affected area of the knee
- Sports players may hear a sudden pop and/or feel a sudden shift or bleeding in the joint.
To determine the severity of your injury doctor performs a physical examination of the affected area of your knee. Physical examination includes an X-ray of your knee to find if there is any bone fracture and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is done to determine whether your ligament is torn, or there is damage to the cartilage. It also helps to find out any complications resulting from the ACL Tear like osteoarthritis.
Treatment- Does it need surgery?
In the case of stage 1 where the ligament is partially torn, surgery can be avoided and can be treated through physical therapy or using a knee brace, strengthening and balancing exercises, and range of motion exercises. Generally, doctors recommend surgery in the case of stage 2 and stage 3 where complete tear of a ligament has occurred.
Herbal Treatment of ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)
If we look at the side effects and the complications of the surgery which include blood clotting, viral infections, stiffness, and uncontrolled pain for life and may even lead to arthritis. To avoid such complications Ayurveda helps to provide natural and herbal treatment to manage and treat injury using healing herbs and natural therapies to treat the diseases naturally. ACL(Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Treatment in Ayurveda is safe with planet Ayurveda herbal products. All these herbal products are 100% natural and safe to use with no side effects and are prepared with ancient knowledge of Ayurveda which helps to treat the condition naturally.
These Products are
1. Boswellia Curcumin
These capsules are prepared from the mixture of two herbs, Sallaki and Curcumin (the active compound of turmeric). Both these herbs help in relieving the pain and inflammation and treat the condition naturally. The extracts of Boswellia and curcumin are used for pain relief and directly act upon inflammatory processes which reduce pain and help to reduce cartilage degradation in patients suffering from knee injury or osteoarthritis. This 100 percent pure organic herbal supplement is recommended in all types of Arthritis and joint pains.
Dosage – 2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals.
2. Coral calcium complex
These capsules from Planet Ayurveda are a complete mixture of the various natural herbal extract of Pishtis, Mukta Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Praval pishti , Akik Pishti and Guduchi. These herbs are a good source of calcium and are very helpful to make joints, bones, and cartilages stronger to prevent any future complications and maintain healthy calcium levels in the body.
Dosage: 1 Capsule twice a day with plain water, after meals.
3. Joint Aid Capsules
Planet Ayurveda Joint aid plus capsules acts are a perfect herbal mixture of the most effective anti-inflammatory herbs like Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora Mukul),and Sonth ( Zingiber officinale). As the name suggests these capsules from Planet Ayurveda helps to provide relief in joint pain and treat various ailments of the joints. It acts as a magical relieving pill in osteoarthritis and joint injuries.
Dosage: 1 capsule two times daily with milk or plain water after the meals.
4. Yograj Guggul
Yograj Guggul tablets from Planet Ayurveda are very helpful in reducing stiffness, pain, swelling, numbness, and any burning sensations due to joint disorders. These yograj guggul tablets are prepared from Pure guggul (Commiphora mukul) mixed with Adrak (Zingiber officianale) ,Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officianalis ) Pipali (Piper longum), these herbs helps to alleviate pain, lowers joint inflammation and reduces joint stiffness.
Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.
5. Orthovita Oil
Orthovita Oil from Planet Ayurveda is prepared from the herbs such as Camphor, Gandhapura Oil, Prasarini Oil, etc. and is 100% natural, free from any chemicals and additives. This oil helps in strengthening bones, enhancing flexibility thereby reducing the stiffness and inflammation and ensures the healthy movement of muscles. Applying 1-2 drops of orthovita oil on the affected area daily helps to relieve pain, repair the joint and restore the functioning of joints and muscles naturally.
Some Other Preventive Measures
Along with the above mentioned herbal supplements, you can also add to prevent the risk of ACL injury:
- Muscle-strengthening exercises
- Lower body strengthening and flexibility exercises
- Learning proper techniques in training to avoid the risk of accidents while playing.
- Wearing comfortable and good fit footwear
ACL Injury is one of the most common injuries if you are an athlete. Careful training and muscle strengthening exercises along with these Planet Ayurveda herbal supplements will reduce the risk of injury and its complications. These products are prepared under the strict guidance of ayurvedic experts and are prepared according to ayurvedic principles.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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