Essay on Anterior Cruciate Ligament And Medial Collateral Ligament

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament vs. Medial Collateral Ligament One Friday night a fan observes a running back darting down the football field in the last play of the big game. The player sharply cuts to the left in an attempt to make a tackle and suddenly feels a body-rattling pop. Little did he know, this “pop” would affect the way his knee moved for a very long time. Both professional and amateur athletes dread ligament injuries of the knee. These injuries alone can be so painful and debilitating that it could possibly change one’s lifestyle forever. Two of the most common knee injuries are anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears. While similar in ways, these injuries, in which are often times seen together, also can occur separately with obvious differences. One of the more obvious differences between the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament is the type of ligament in which they are classified in. In one 's knee, the bones are connected to other bones by two types of ligaments: collateral ligaments or cruciate ligaments. Collateral ligaments are located on the sides of the knee and cruciate ligaments are located on the inside forming an “X” (“Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries”). “The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide thick band of tissue that runs down the inner part of the knee from the thighbone (femur) to a point on the shinbone (tibia) about four to six inches from the knee” (" Medial…

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