Preventing ACL Injuries

Dr. Steven Giuseffi and PT Marianne Drobny go over exercises to help prevent knee injuries, before ski season is in full swing

RAPID CITY, S.D. – ACL – or anterior cruciate ligament – injuries are common in the winter season, during ski season. Read on to find out why these injuries are common and preventable measures.

Dr. Steven Giuseffi of Black Hills Orthopedic & Spine Center says skiers are prone to injuries with that ligament, because when you’re in your skis, you are in relatively rigid bindings.

Some of us probably haven’t skied for about nine months, and our muscles are maybe a little bit out of shape.

Early in the season, sometimes ice or uneven terrain can leave your foot planted on the ground with your body going in a different direction. That leads to a twist injury, like tearing your ACL. Those patients feel or hear a pop or swelling and have difficulty walking. They’re not feeling like they can trust their knee.

Unfortunately, ACL injuries typically don’t heal by themselves. You’re often looking at surgery, and at times it’s a relatively prolonged recovery, so it’s better to prevent them if you can.

Marianne Drobny, a physical therapist at BHO&S, goes over some exercises you can do at home or in the gym to get ready for the ski season.

Click here to learn more exercises to prevent injuries while skiing.

Black Hills Orthopedic and Spine Center is hosting a pre-ski season exercise instruct class Monday, Nov. 19 from 6-7 p.m. Call Marianne for more information at 605-341-1414.

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