What You Need to Know About ACL Injuries

basketball players9If you play sports, you’ve probably heard about ACL tears. Your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a strong band of tissue that connects your thigh bone to your shinbone. It helps to stabilize your knee joint. This is a common ligament to injure while playing a sport.

What Causes ACL Injuries?

Your ACL can become injured due to sudden stops, changes of direction, landing incorrectly after a jump, pivoting without moving your foot, or receiving a direct blow to your knee. It can also be injured when you slow down too fast while running. This injury is most common in sports like basketball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, downhill skiing, and gymnastics.

Symptoms of an ACL Injury

When you injure your ACL, you may hear an audible pop, or feel a popping sensation in your knee. This is usually followed by swelling and pain. You may feel instability in your knee, and feel it “giving way” when you try to put weight on it.

Diagnosing and Treating ACL Tears

When you injure your knee you should seek medical treatment immediately, as knee injuries can be very serious. Your doctor will likely request an MRI to assess the damage and develop an effective treatment for you.

The open MRI machine at Middletown Medical Imaging can help you diagnose an ACL tear. Make an appointment online today or call at 732-275-0979.

What a Shoulder MRI Can Show Your Doctor

doctor examining woman’s shoulderIf you have been experiencing shoulder pain, your doctor may order an MRI. An MRI uses magnetic fields to get a detailed picture of your bones, tendons, muscles, and blood vessels from any angle. This scan is extremely useful for diagnosing shoulder pain because it allows the doctor to view all of the internal structures within it.

Common Uses of Shoulder MRIs

A shoulder MRI can detect a wide variety of issues, including injuries to the bicep and other soft tissues, rotator cuff tears, and any of the following:

  • Arthritis, labral tears, and other degenerative joint diseases
  • Fractures
  • Rotator cuff impingement
  • Any joint abnormalities due to trauma, such as ligament and tendon tears
  • Infections like osteomyelitis
  • Sports and Work-related injuries from overuse, strain, or forceful impact
  • Tumors
  • Swelling or bleeding in the tissues surrounding your joint
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Checking progress after shoulder surgery
  • and any unexplained pain that is not responding to treatment

If you are experiencing shoulder pain or decreased range of motion in your shoulder, ask your doctor if you will need an MRI. When you need an open MRI in Middletown, NJ, and the surrounding areas, make your appointment at Middletown Medical Imaging. You can call us at 732-275-0999 or book online.