Sunday, September 13, 2015
Sports Medicine Basics: Nutrition Tips For Faster ACL Surgery Recovery
A look at the human knee joint reveals a fascinating design: the shinbone and the thigh bone are connected to each other by virtue of a knee bone ‘bridge’, all of which are held together by a network of ligaments. Among these is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which runs diagonally across the middle of the knee. Its job is to provide rotational stability in the joint, while also preventing the shinbone from slipping out in front of the thighbone. The ACL is tough, but elite athletes who often push their knee joints to the limit are highly susceptible to tearing it. Once the ACL is torn, reconstructive surgery will be recommended. While the surgery itself, however, is already intensive, the recovery period will be tedious. Sports medicine wisdom holds that in order to facilitate quicker recovery, a patient must make sound nutritional choices along the way.