Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the bones in your body. There are four ligaments in the knee that are prone to injury: the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Too much stress on these ligaments can cause them to stretch too far -- or even snap. The most common knee ligament injury is ACL tear.
ACL injury and other ligament injuries can be caused by twisting your knee with your foot planted, getting hit on the knee, hyper-extending your knee, jumping and landing on a flexed knee, stopping suddenly when running and suddenly shifting your weight from one leg to the other. These injuries are common in soccer players, football players, basketball players, skiers, gymnasts, and other athletes.
Symptoms of a knee ligament injury include pain, often sudden and severe, a loud pop or snap during the injury, swelling, or a feeling of looseness in the joint and an inability to put weight on the point without pain. Acupuncture can help the healing process from a knee ligament injury in several ways: it will alleviate pain and inflammation, it will help the injury to heal faster, and it will help the patient to rehabilitate the knee’s normal range of motion by increasing mobility and flexibility.
Acupuncture can do this by freeing up the blocked energy and increasing the diminished blood flow to the injured ligament. The increase of energy and blood sent to the ligament via the acupuncture treatments is what will expedite the healing process and help the patient to recover faster.