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Getting An Angle On Women's Injuries

It is no secret that the incidence of female athletes' anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears is many times that of male athletes. 

Much of this discrepancy may be due to a biomechanical difference that makes women more prone to this knee-ligament damage. In women, the thighbone angles inward from the hipbone to the knee (the Q angle) more sharply than in men, increasing stress on the knee. Research indicates that the larger her Q angle, the more prone a woman is to knee injury. While nothing can be done to change the Q angle, the risk of knee injury can be reduced by improving leg muscles' strength. And imbalances between quadriceps and hamstrings, which reduce knee stability, can be addressed. 

Of course, women suffering from ACL injuries aren't the only ones who can benefit from working with a physical therapist. Our experienced staff can help you whether you're suffering from back or neck pain, or if you're recovering from a fall, injury, or recent surgery. We understand the unique needs of women and men, as well as seniors, and can create a plan of action that takes those needs into account. We also know that it's impossible for some patients to get out of their home easily. In that case, we're happy to provide your treatment in the comfort of your own home. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 949-429-3220 or visit our facility at 27136 B Paseo Espada, Suite 1103, San Juan Capistrano.

P.S. Our theory surrounding the high incidence of ACL injuries among women says that women play sports in a more upright position than men (who crouch lower).