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  • MeetDr. Cheong

    Voted by Peers as aTampa Top Doctors
    • Board Certified/Fellowship Trained
    • Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Specializes in Disorders of the Hips, Knees, & Shoulders
    • 2013 and 2014 “Attending of the Year” University of South Florida Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • The only orthopedic surgeon in West Florida offering Direct Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty using the MAKO robotic system.
  • Regain movement & strengthComplex Joint Reconstruction

  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Malignant & Benign disorders of the musculoskeletal system Orthopedic Oncology

  • Restore function with the most intricate procedure Limb Preservation Surgery

Women & ACL injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four major ligaments of the knee that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and helps stabilize the knee joint. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is one of the common injuries of the knee. An injury to the ACL commonly occurs during sports or activities that involve twisting, overextension, landing from a jump incorrectly, and abrupt change in direction or speed of movements.

ACL injuries are more common in women than men due to anatomical differences which include:

  • Women have a smaller ACL, a wider pelvis and an increased incidence of inward knee pointing.
  • Women have less strength in the muscles as compared to men. In addition, women use their quadriceps muscles more than men for stability and take more time to develop muscular force resulting in greater stress on the ACL.
  • Women have looser knees and a greater range of motion as compared to men.

These factors make women more vulnerable to ACL injury by weakening the ligament.

A training and rehabilitation program can help reduce the risk of ACL injury. The program focuses on:

  • Controlling inward knee movement.
  • Emphasizing use of the hamstring muscles for knee stability.
  • Controlling movement of the hip and trunk and training the hip muscles to stabilize the knee.
  • Controlling knee extension.
  • Increasing muscle endurance.
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Patient Testimonails - David Cheong MD - Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Cheong is one of the best doctors we have ever had, and a real credit to OAWF and Mease Countryside Hospital. His skill and personality are impeccable and when we asked the nurses how they enjoyed working with Dr. Cheong, they couldn’t say enough about his skill and treatment of the patients and nursing staff.