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Robert M. Cohl, DC
ACL and Meniscus Injuries, and Adrenal Stress
Cohl Chiropractic Center
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ACL and Meniscus Injuries, and Adrenal Stress

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are very common in high intensity sports. Football is number one on the list. Any sport that has multidirectional movement patterns can create candidates for ACL and/or knee meniscus tears. The season is basically over when this occurs to the athlete.

As a practicing Board Certified Sports Chiropractor (CCSP), we see patients for post-surgical rehabilitation. This article is about prevention and fixing unsuspecting knee dysfunction, therefore overriding a potential season ending injury before it happens.

As an applied kinesiologist (AK) we have the tools to accurately diagnose and correct muscle imbalances and the joint fixations that stress the passive elements (ligaments and meniscus) of the joint, thus preventing it from being damaged.

The key is finding the supporting muscles that are neurologically inhibited through manual muscle testing. In AK we determine which muscles have motor inhibition (weakness) and reset it with manual techniques and/or with the Erchonia laser.

Six main muscles stabilize the knee joint, and they are always involved in overuse knee problems and/or impact injuries to the ACL and/or meniscus. Their associations are as follows:

Sartorius – Medial meniscus injury, difficulty going down stairs, tightness in the iliotibial band, hip pointer Injury, and adolescent knocked knees.

Gracilis – Medial meniscus Injury.

Gastrocnemius – Take-off phase of walking and running/difficulty standing on toes/knee pain.

Soleus – Take-off phase of walking and running/difficulty standing on toes.

Hamstrings Medial/Lateral – Lateral knee problems, pulled hamstring injury, ACL tears

Popliteus – Difficulty going down stairs, meniscus tears, faulty screw-home mechanism.

In the post-graduate quintessential applications (QA) program the sartorius and gracilis muscles often become inhibited/weak due to adrenal gland dysfunction. They provide medial knee support and stability. Knocked knees in a developing teenager is a cardinal sign that this has become a chronic problem. The gastrocnemius and soleus muscles stabilize the posterior elements of the knee joint, and are also related adrenal gland dysfunction. Common spinal subluxations from the lumbosacral spinal levels correlate directly with neurological motor weakness to the muscles. This is corrected by spinal manipulation. Functional rehabilitation should follow.

Clinical nutritional defiencies that occur with adrenal dysfunction are low dietary levels of vitamin C, pantothenic acid B5, niacin amide B3. Wheat germ oil (natural sterols) and DHEA supplements also revitalize the adrenal glands. Saliva and blood chemistry testing give us a base line on the degree of adrenal dysfunction and how to start fixing the biochemical problem.

Manual muscle testing, AK and QA offers techniques that are used in conjunction with traditional medical evaluation (radiology and laboratory testing). Together they can effectively evaluate and correct functional imbalances prior to participation in sports activities and is a great protocol for preventing sports injuries.

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