About 20 years ago or so, the number of torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries seemed to skyrocket. It seemed like every week there was another major athlete suffering from a torn ACL. The epidemic hasn't slowed much since then, so the number of people suffering this injury has gone through the roof. Statistics say that between 100,000 and 200,000 people suffer the injury every year.
What's worse is that the majority of these injuries require surgery. And this surgery will result in severe posttraumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) within 15 years. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid the injury in the first place — and ways to help prevent the resulting arthritis.
There are several reasons why we're seeing more ACL injuries. For one, there are more people playing sports and doing strenuous activities today than we had 30 years ago. And our training regimens have created bigger muscles — but the ligaments aren't any stronger. They just can't keep up. But another reason follows the trend of our poor diet. The worse the average diet becomes, the more injuries we've seen. I believe one of the reasons for the increase is the lack of minerals and amino acids we get in our diet.
Like muscles and tendons, your ligaments require ample amino acids to build the proteins that nourish these tissues. And minerals keep the cells in your tissues communicating. They also help with the protein synthesis required to keep your ligaments strong. So a diet deficient in minerals and amino acids weakens our ligaments and makes them more susceptible to breaking.
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Once they do, surgeons usually step in — and they've come a long way in their ability to fix these injuries. But the surgery still has this major problem — it often leads to PTOA. This can be debilitating and it often will limit activity. Researchers recently found the reason surgery leads to PTOA. They discovered that the surgery causes an increase in biomarkers for chondrodegeneration and inflammation. That means your body is producing significant inflammation to deal with the surgery. And the cartilage is degenerating. Both of these lead to arthritis.
Obviously, the best way to avoid the surgery is to avoid the injury. You can do that by eating a diet rich in vegetables and quality proteins. Next, take plenty of minerals and even consider taking an amino acid supplement, such as Perfect Amino. Finally, if you're active in sports or other strenuous activities, consider having Prolozone injections in your knees periodically. This ozone and nutrient inject can strengthen all the tissues in the knee and keep it tight.
If you do suffer from an ACL tear, make sure you find a doctor who can give you ozone prior to the surgery. This type of "pre-conditioning" will help you recover faster and could spare you from the degeneration and inflammation of PTOA. After the surgery, talk to your doctor about having Prolozone. It might be your best weapon against developing PTOA. But don't stop there. Consider taking a strong anti-inflammatory supplement, such as Ultimate Knee Relief, to further protect your knee against the arthritis. Talk to your doctor about when to take it in conjunction with the Prolozone, as anti-inflammatories can interfere with the effects of Prolozone.
Finally, if you already have PTOA, then Prolozone and Ultimate Knee Relief are your best treatments for stopping the progression. In some cases, you can even reverse the damage done to the cartilage.
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Steve Kroening, ND.