Repair Your ACL and Return to Doing What You Love
Recovering from an ACL injury can feel daunting, and the road to recovery can be a long journey. But having a partner in your corner to walk you through the process and encourage you along the way is invaluable.
PhysioX is dedicated to helping you recover as quickly as functionally possible from your ACL injury. We’ll work with you to develop a customised rehabilitation plan to get you back to your sport or to the activities you love.
Common ACL Tear Symptoms
How to Determine If You Have an ACL Injury
Some ACL injuries are apparent, but others aren’t quite as clear. Here are a few symptoms that might indicate an ACL tear or injury:
- A feeling that your knee gives away when putting weight on it
- Popping or snapping sound
- Sharp pain
ACL Treatment & Physiotherapy Options
ACL treatment can involve surgery, but it doesn’t have to. Our expert Physiotherapists would love to sit down with you and help you understand the pros, cons, and potential risks of surgery. Either way, we want to see you recovered and rehabilitated.
Post Operative ACL Care
If you opt for ACL surgery, we provide post operative care intended to:
- Regain Range of Motion in Your Knee: We’ll work with you to improve knee extension, knee flexion, and work our way up to squatting, hopping, and running.
- Reduce Swelling from Surgery: It’s important we reduce swelling and effusion from surgery. We’ll perform the Stroke Test to assess progress.
- Restore Quadriceps Strength We’ll work on leg bridges, squats, leg presses, and balance drills to help you restore strength in your quadriceps.
- Restore Your Gait Pattern: It’s possible you may develop an altered gait pattern following surgery. Well work with you to restore your normal gait to reduce risk of future injuries and issues.
- Reduce Post-Operative Pain: Recovery can be painful. We’ll work with you to reduce post-operative pain and educate you on managing your pain following surgery.
Each patient’s rehab process is different and each surgeon has their rehab preferences. We will communicate frequently with your surgeon to ensure that you’re receiving appropriate and optimal care at the right time.
Non-Operative ACL Care
- Stage 1: We aim to regain range of motion, reduce any swelling, and restore your gait pattern if necessary.
- Stage 2: In stage 2 we focus on restoring quad and hamstring strength as well as function through exercises like lunges, step-ups, and squats.
- Stage 3: Our goal in stage 3 is to implement running, hopping, and jumping.
- Stage 4: In our final stage, the goal is to return you to sport.
Return to Sport Following an ACL Injury
Whether or not you opt for surgery, we take return to sport seriously, and focus on more than just getting the knee ready, but the whole person as well. We ensure the patient:
- Can score greater than a 95 on the MRSS2.0 (Melbourne Return to Sport Score) which involves clinical examination, knee evaluation and ACL-RSI, the Tampa Scale of Kinesiophobia, functional testing, assessment of general fitness, and functional testing in a fatigued state.
- Is comfortable, confident, and eager to return to sport.
- Is educated on, implements, and continues an ACL injury prevention program to lower the risk of future injury.
When Can You Return to Sport After an ACL Injury?
The timeline for returning to sport varies depending on the severity of the injury, the athlete, and whether or not they opted for reconstruction surgery.
Current research suggests a minimum of at least nine months before returning to sport, but it depends on many factors. Some recommend 4-8 weeks after full range of motion has been re-established.
Our Physiotherapists will work closely with you to ensure you’re 100% ready before clearing you for sport.
Why Choose PhysioX
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