What is the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
The ACL is the ligament that is responsible for stabilising the Tibia in the anterior direction under the Femur. If the stability of the knee joint is compromised this can have adverse long-term effects if left untreated, such as early onset of osteoarthritis.
It is important once an ACL injury is confirmed via MRI that you begin movement and strengthening exercises in order to normalise movement and prepare the knee for the best outcomes after surgery. It is important to control pain and swelling immediately after injury so that you may begin to rehabilitate before you can elect for surgery. Strengthening of the whole body will also be important as you will be required to use crutches for 3-4 weeks post-surgery.
The sooner you seek advice and start exercises, the better chance you will have of a successful recovery. You may be advised to use ice on the knee to help with your pain and swelling. You may find it helpful to ice the back of your knee too. Swelling tends to sit in this area and cause you pain and restricted movement.
At Global Rehab Network we will allocate specific exercise designed to improve the knees ability to move and increase the strength around the joint. This will take relieve some pressure and make it easier for you to perform daily activities.
Global Rehabilitation Network
We provide a complete online program of 12 consecutive weeks of instructions on how to conservatively manage this injury
We provide a global network of therapists that can chat remotely via our Telehealth services to guide you through the process week by week for minimal cost.