Anterior cruciate ligament injury exercises help patients who are diagnosed with an ACL injury to:
An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major knee ligament which serves to keep the knee joint stable. It connects the thighbone to the shinbone and, if torn, can cause serious pain and discomfort. ACL injury commonly occurs during an athletic activity and sports which involve a lot of sudden changes in direction (basketball, football, skiing, soccer, etc.).
In the majority of cases, people report hearing a popping sound in their knee, followed by severe pain which prevents them from resuming the activity they performed moments before. The ACL injury usually causes rapid swelling and complete loss of range of motion. In some less severe cases, it is possible to notice instability and that the knee is “giving you away”, especially when you are carrying extra weight.
Anterior cruciate ligament injury usually happens during a sports activity, when you stop or slow down and change direction suddenly, land awkwardly from a jump or pivot with the foot firmly attached to the ground, or after receiving a blow to the knee.
Some people are at a greater risk of getting an ACL injury, such as basketball, soccer, football players, skiers, and gymnasts, as well as people who play on artificial turf surfaces and use improper sports equipment. However, even non-athletic people can tear their ligaments. In fact, poor conditioning is one of the greatest risk factors, as well as improper footwear.
No. As there is no blood supply to this ligament, it cannot heal on its own and if you sustain an anterior cruciate ligament injury, you need to undergo an ACL injury treatment.
The recovery program will depend on whether the ligament is partially or completely torn. Worst case scenario, our anterior cruciate ligament injury specialists may advise surgery. If that is the case with you, rest assured that we will stand by your side pre and post-surgery, participating in the process. In less severe cases, we resort to taping to reduce swelling around the knee and mobilise the soft tissue to release muscle spasms which are responsible for limited movement. We also design a personalised anterior cruciate ligament injury exercises program. We offer home visit physiotherapy services and will gladly come to you to make sure you are performing all the exercises the right way – this will hasten the recovery process and ensure the best possible results.