Physical therapy post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery

Physical therapy post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery

Physical therapy post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

An ACL injury is the tearing of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) — one of the four ligaments in the knee that provides stabilization for the knee joint. ACL injuries are common knee injury that most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops, jumping or changes in direction — such as basketball, soccer, football, tennis, downhill skiing, volleyball and gymnastics. An Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear or sprain occurs with a sudden change in direction or pivot against a locked knee and tear may be partial or complete. Many people hear or feel a “pop” in the knee and swelling of the knee when an ACL injury occurs. Your knee may feel unstable and become too painful to bear weight. Depending on the severity of your ACL injury, treatment goals are to return the patient to his or her pre-injury level of function; treatment may include rest and physical therapy rehabilitation program to help you regain strength and stability.

Surgery is often considered as the best course of action to repair the tear in the ACL with a tendon graft. While surgery has proven to be very effective, with around 82-95 percent of patients having a long term success rate, this is only when it is paired with post-operative rehabilitation in the form of physical therapy. While recovery post-surgery varies for everyone, it generally takes 4-6 months before full functionality is achieved. Your physical therapist will work with you on a variety of different things throughout the rehabilitation to get you back to your old self.


Goals of physical therapy rehabilitation after ACL surgery are-

·        Protect the Reconstructed ACL

·        Reduce Inflammation and Pain

·        Restore the Natural Range of Motion of the Knee

·        Regain range of movement

·        Return to Activity Training

·        Decrease the risk for re-injury

·        Repair muscle strength

·        Reach the best possible functional level

·        Gain good functional stability


Recover and return to activity at SOS PHYSIO with physical therapy

In SOS PHYSIO the majority of patients see a significant improvement after a few weeks of physical therapy after ACL surgery, however it depends on each individual’s response to therapy.

An ACL tear is a debilitating injury that takes a long time to recover, but the good news is that recovery is possible. SOS physical therapists are trained to see abnormalities in the way our bodies move and help to correct them to reduce pain and prevent injury. At SOS PHYSIO we are dedicated to helping you get on the road to recovery. There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy, Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.

For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic

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