Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Personal experience relating to barometric pressure philosophy

  I played football throughout my four years at Absegami high school which is right up the street from Stockton. I ended up tearing my ACL and meniscus in my right knee during a practice my freshman year. The ACL is one of four main ligaments in your knee and is responsible for cutting and pivoting. The meniscus is basically just cartilage  that protects your knee. This required me to have reconstructive surgery on my knee to fix the damage. The ACL has little to no blood supply, therefore, they had to take a piece of my hamstring to use it as my new ACL. This kept me out of any sports related activities for about 10 months.

The next year I started up football again. My knee felt very good and there was surprisingly no pain. However, I started to notice that whenever it rained the morning before practice my knee just didn't feel great. It was achy and very stiff when it rained as opposed to sunny days. I know there isn't any scientific fact behind the philosophy of barometric pressure and arthritis pain but this made me think a little.

Here's a photo of the different ligaments of the knee: http://s7d2.scene7.com/is/image/Fathead/knee_ligaments_labeled_mediumB_prod?layer=comp&wid=444&hei=444&fmt=jpeg&qlt=95,1&op_sharpen=1&resMode=bicub&op_usm=0.5,0.2,0,0&iccEmbed=0&bgc=0xdedede&bgColor=0xdedede

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