Josh Baker’s (NY Jets) ACL Injury

Written by admin on September 2, 2012 – 10:33 am -

Josh Baker

The NFL pre-season has yet to begin. Unfortunately for Josh Baker, a NY Jets tight end, the season has already ended. In only the third preseason game of the year; Baker received a blow to his right knee by an opponent’s helmet when attempting to catch a touchdown pass Sunday night in the Jets 17- 12 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The injury may be seen at http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1316218/kneeinjury.gif
Baker was assisted off of the field. The results of the diagnostic tests concluded that Baker had torn the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee. The ACL is one of the commonly injured ligaments of the knee. Other ligaments of the knee include the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Although not all ACL injuries require reconstruction; it is recommended that those who tear their ACL have reconstructive surgery if he/she plans to return to sports/activity in the future. If the individual does not receive surgery he or she may need to wear a brace for support and/or modify their activities to accommodate the instability of the knee, and Osteoarthritis of the knee is certain to follow.
Dr. Galland is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine., Dr. Galland recommends and performs the Anatomic-Double Bundle Technique over the traditional “trans-tibial” Technique. These techniques are very different as the traditional trans-tibial technique only reconstructs the anterior-medial portion of the ACL and ignores the posterior-lateral portion of the ligament. The double-bundle technique reconstructs both the anterior-medial and posterior-lateral portions of the ACL. Dr. Galland prefers this technique as it has been shown to improve stability, range of motion and performance while promising to decrease the risk of degenerative arthritis in the joint, and decreases the chance and severity of post-surgical complications.
Galland, M. (2012). Restoring the knee after anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury using the anatomic-. Retrieved from http://www.orthonc.com/articles/DB_ACL_final_revision_vype.pdf
Posted by Caitlin Davis, ATC/LAT, resident, GOSM program.

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