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ACL tear surgery repairs or replaces an injured anterior cruciate ligament, which is the band of soft tissue that runs down the middle of the knee and connects your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia). Partially torn ACLs may not need surgery, but completely torn ACLs cannot heal on their own and require surgical repair […]

Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Recovery

The knee is the largest joint in the body and – unfortunately – it’s also one of the easiest joints to injure. In particular, the ligaments in the knee are prone to sprains and tears in athletes and other active individuals. While strength training and conditioning can help support the knee and protect the ligaments […]

IT Band Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Exercises

Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, hiker or someone whose work keeps them on their feet for long stretches of time, you’re likely to experience the ill effects of repetitive motion on your lower extremities at some point. One such overuse injury? IT band syndrome.  What is IT band syndrome? Iliotibial band syndrome – commonly called […]

What is sports medicine? - Heiden Orthopedics

Whether you’re an athlete, a weekend warrior or simply lead an active lifestyle, you will almost certainly suffer from an orthopedic injury at one point or another. A study in the Journal of Athletic Training found that while male athletes had a higher rate of acute injuries, female athletes see a higher rate of overuse […]

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Children and teenagers who grow up playing sports are used to the bumps, bruises, sprains and strains that come with the territory. They are conditioned to push through adversity and play through discomfort – yet they typically can tell the difference between soreness and actual injury.  Dr. Eric Heiden, a Utah orthopedic surgeon and five-time […]

PCL Injuries vs LCL Injuries: Common Causes and Symptoms

Most people are familiar – some intimately – with their knees’ ACLs (anterior cruciate ligaments) and MCLs (medial collateral ligaments). As the two most common ligaments in the knee that are injured every year, the ACL and MCL get a lot of attention. There are, however, two other ligaments that play important roles in the […]

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