ACL Injuries in Women

Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for ACL Injuries of the Knee In Women

Scott Brandt, M.D. Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cells for Joint & Soft Tissue Pain, Stem Cells for Knee

Numerous studies have been done to investigate ACL tears in female athletes, and what is well known is that in sports that place a significant demand on the ACL, such as skiing, basketball and soccer, ACL injuries are up to ten times more common in women than in men.

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Cases of ACL Injuries in Female Sports

In ski racing, a missed landing or a turn a fraction of a second too late can have a devastating effect.
Sports fans are keenly aware of the potential loss of a star player due to season-ending injuries. In team sports such as soccer, a twisting fall can often lead to knee injuries. All too commonly in female competition, an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) occurs. Similarly in ski racing, a missed landing or a turn a fraction of a second too late can have the same devastating effect. This was highlighted in Lindsey Vonn’s near catastrophic fall in 2012, a fall from which she has miraculously recovered from and has since returned to her finest form.

Causes of the Increased Prevalence of ACL Injuries in Women

Female soccer ACL tearsFemale athletes are known to have a higher risk of injuring their anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, while participating in competitive sports. The chance of ACL tear in female athletes has been found to be 2 to 10 times higher than in male counterparts. Variations in risk depend on the study population, including the particular sport. Numerous theories about why women tear their ACL more commonly than men have been proposed. The most recent research points to differences in the biomechanics (the way our bodies move) of male and female athletes. Other theories include anatomic and hormonal differences. The good news, as you will read, is that we have the ability to change the likelihood of ACL tears with training and there are now excellent minimally invasive treatments for repair. That said, the reason why the rate of ACL tear is different between the sexes continues to be a subject of significant debate.

Preventing ACL Tears in Female Athletes

The way we move (our biomechanics) can be modified through training programs. These training programs “teach” our body safer, more stable movement, that places less of a stress on the joints. These programs are called neuromuscular training programs.

Neuromuscular training programs can lower the risk of ACL injury in female athletes. Prevention of ACL tears has been shown to be effective with the utilization of these neuromuscular training programs. These programs teach athletes muscles to better control the stability of their joints. Studies have shown when women perform these neuromuscular training programs, their risk of ACL tears drops down to the risk of men tearing their ACL (about an eightfold drop in risk).

Minimally Invasive Treatment Option for ACL Repair in Women

Regenerative medicine now offers a surgery alternative that can get you back to your passion in a fraction of the time and reduce long term risks of knee arthritis.
Until recently, once an ACL tear was sustained, the next decision for the patient was typically – should I schedule my surgery now or later? Yet, one must understand the long-term ramifications of a surgical repair. Studies have shown that 2/3rds of patients that have undergone ACL surgery will experience significant arthritis in the repaired joint years later.

Regenerative medicine now offers a surgery alternative that can get you back to your passion in a fraction of the time and reduce long term risks of knee arthritis. This choice consists of a minimally invasive, 3-hour stem cell procedure for ACL injuries of the knee. The treatment requires no general anesthesia, using stem cells from your own adult body, and resulting in a far less painful recovery. When an ACL ruptures or tears, it is often only a partial tear with the outer sheath remaining intact, or only minimally retracted, which leaves the ligament still mostly in place. The typical stem cell patient can return to some exercise within 6 weeks and back to full activity within several months.

Please read our previous blog post for a detailed description of the procedure of stem cell injections for ACL tear repair.

Stem Cell Treatment in a Vail Case of ACL Injuries in Women

In Spring 2015, I evaluated a 42 year old female who sustained a partial tear to her ACL. She underwent a stem cell procedure to her ACL several weeks later. Within 6 weeks she was back to non-impact exercise using a combination of Pilates, elliptical training, and cycling. She returned to skiing December 2016 without incident. She reports no difference in stability or strength between her two knees while skiing thus far this winter. As this case exemplifies, stem cells for skiers are a procedure that we administer frequently.

*Individual patient results may vary. Contact us today to find out if stem cell therapy may be able to help you.

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John Beeman
John Beeman
23:05 08 Jan 17
I just wanted to give an update regarding the stem cell procedure performed by Dr. Brandt at Thrive about 3 years ago. My range of motion continues to improve--remarkable at 64.I skied 150k in 5 days last week and never iced my knee once. I can't remember skiing that many feet w/out having to ice in the last 20 years. The knee treated has been without an acl since I was 18 and is pretty severely arthritic,but I am getting better performance now than I have in recent memory. Thank you, Dr. Brandt!!
Lisa Harris
Lisa Harris
15:59 02 Jan 17
After struggling with an Achilles injury for 1 1/2 years and trying everything to heal it - steroid, physical therapy, wearing a boot, no activity, stretching, etc - I decided to have stem cell therapy at It was a short procedure and an afternoon of post op recovery, which after 6-8 weeks, resulted in a full recovery from my injury. This seemed to finally stimulate blood flow and healing to an injury I had resigned myself to having forever. I highly recommend this procedure for tendon injuries like this one.
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
Zvezdomir Zamfirov
03:55 14 Nov 16
I am a pain management physician myself. I am 52, and physically very active. I still play soccer competitively. Six months ago I suffered a hip injury with a labrum tear. Due to the pre-existing wear and tear, the only conventional treatment, which was offered to me was total hip replacement. I wanted to remain physically active and continue to play sports, so I decided that this is not the best option for me. I choose instead to try stem-cell therapy. Ten days ago I had my procedure done by Dr. Brandt, and since then I have nothing but positive things to say about him and his practice. Everyone in his office was extremely welcoming and put me at ease and comfort about my procedure. The procedure went very smooth. And I did not have ANY post procedure pain or discomfort. I had no need for any pain medication. I was back to work seeing patients on the 2nd day after the procedure. My hip already feels noticeably better. I have the second procedure scheduled in four weeks, and I am confident that in another 3-4 weeks I'll be back playing soccer again. Thank you, Dr. Brandt and team for taking such excellent care of me.
John Reilly
John Reilly
13:44 04 Nov 16
I saw Dr Brandt on 8/8/16 for a lower back stem cell injection. From the injection, I got a serious infection in my lower spine. As a result, I spent 2 days in the Vail hospital and have been on daily IV antibiotics for the past 8 weeks. A few weeks after the injection, I started feeling increased pain which was a different pain than before my injection. It was much sharper and a shooting pain. I communicated this information to Dr Brandt and his staff. There only response and treatment was stronger pain meds. oral and injected steroids (the worst thing to do when an infection is present). The pain became so intense and debilitating, I finally made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. Their team quickly discovered from listening to my symptoms and reviewing a new MRI that I had an infection. I also discovered from a search on DORA that over the past 13 years Dr Brandt's has a history of incidents with the DORA which regulates medical professionals. Over this time, his license was suspended for a period of time and is he currently practicing on probation through 2019. At one point, the AG said he was unfit to practice medicine.
Laurel Wilkerson
Laurel Wilkerson
21:22 08 Aug 16
Great job by the Thrive MD team in Edwards. With a torn achilles tendon, I was really opposed to surgery. When I discovered Dr. Brandt and team, I was thrilled. They are most professional and explained every step of the process and procedure for treatment options. I am on the road to recovery, and I am so thankful to have discovered Thrive. Before you let an orthopedic doc operate, take the time to explore and discuss stem cell therapy. Thrive MD made the process easy and convenient. Thanks! One year later update - ankle is doing great. Skied 52 days in 2015-16. Hiking, biking and all are no problem. Great team of caring people who know their business.
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