Athletes encouraged to attend forum
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 9.5 million people visited orthopaedic surgeons because of knee problems in 2003.  The AAOS website describes the two sets of ligaments in the knee that give it stability: the cruciate ligaments and the collateral ligaments.  The Anterior Cruciate Ligaments(ACL) connect the thighbone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia).  They cross each other in the front of the knee to form an ‘X’ and are needed for proper knee joint movement.
“Athletes, and especially female athletes, often have ACL tears from practicing or playing sports.  However, anyone who makes a sudden, quick turn or lands on their knee wrong, can have an injury,” said Dr. Teel Bruner, SMHC physician and coordinator of the upcoming Health Matters forum on ACL tears.  “Doing the right exercises can minimize the possibility of injury.  We’ve invited Dr. Tingstad to present at a public forum designed for athletes, parents, coaches and community members.”
The Health Matters forum is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26th at Prairie Middle School.  No registration is necessary.  In addition to Dr. Edwin Tingstad from Inland Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Moscow and Pullman, the forum will also feature Bob Bashaw, a Physical Therapist from Proformance PT in Pullman.  Bashaw will demonstrate exercises for preventing ACL tears.  Also on hand to answer questions will be Gary McEwen, PT, Grangeville Physical Therapy and other members of the PT staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics.
“We work with students, as well as adults, who’ve had knee injuries to help get them up and running, literally,” said McEwen.  “I’ve worked with the athletic departments of some of the local schools to help design an exercise program that will prevent these debilitating injuries.  I’m looking forward to the forum because we need to really educate as many people as possible and spread the word.  Prevention is always better than intervention afterwards.”

ACL Tear 1:  An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may be described as a partial tear, 
complete tear or an avulsion (tearing away) from the bone attachments that form the knee. 
ACL Tear 2:  The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the center of the knee
that prevents the shin bone (tibia) from moving forward on the thigh bone (femur). 
ACL Tear 3:  Injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is very common and 
usually the result of a twisting of the leg while applying full downward pressure. 
ACL Tear 4:  Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries may occur from coming to a quick
stop with a directional change while running, pivoting, landing, or overextending the joint in either direction. 

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