ACL Rehabilitation and ACL Reconstruction

Do you require rehabilitation for an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury? For a large majority (up to 60%) of recreational sporting people who have suffered an ACL injury, surgery can be avoided as long as there is an effective and consistent rehabilitation program in place (Frobell 2010).

One study compared the outcomes of 2 groups; 1 group who underwent ACL rehabilitation plus an ACL reconstruction through surgery and another group who underwent ACL rehabilitation alone. After 2 years there was no difference in knee function and return to sport markers between the 2 groups! Only 40% of the group treated with rehabilitation only requires surgery. What does this mean for you? You may be able to avoid going under the knife if your symptoms following your injury are low. If you would like to read our blog, please click here.

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How do I know if I need surgery following an ACL injury?

This will depend on you as an individual. Not everyone will need surgery following an ACL injury meaning you can avoid going under the knife. This is something you need to discuss with your Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Physiotherapist. To contact a Sports Physiotherapist at our clinic please click here.

Here are some indicators that you may need surgery:

  • Marked instability and giving way on functional activities – if your knee is constantly giving way while moving around than it can be an indicator that it needs to be repaired
  • Other injuries to your meniscus and medial collateral ligament – If you have also injured these structures it can mean an increase in the prevalence of Osteoarthritis 
  • Nature of sporting activity – If you participate in a sport requiring pivoting and change of direction, you are more likely to require an ACL reconstruction
  • Age – If you are older and do not necessarily need to perform activities such as twisting and pivoting, you may be able to avoid surgery if you modify your activity and perform active rehabilitation on your knee

“Rehabilitation after an ACL injury should commence immediately after the injury has occurred, not from the time of surgery. Surgery may not be weeks or months after the incident.”

What should I do if I have had or am planning to have an ACL reconstruction?

Firstly you will need to discuss with your surgeon the best course of action following your surgery. Most ACL reconstructions require a period of Physiotherapy post surgery. The rehabilitation process involves exercises to build up your strength, range of motion, coordination, agility, speed and confidence while using your knee again.

How long will rehabilitation take:

For the most part, an intensive rehabilitation program is required for the first 3-6 months, after which you can begin to include some sport specific exercises and training. A period of around 12-18 months is required to ensure FULL strength, coordination and power in the leg as it was pre injury. If you would like to read more about us, check out our home page by clicking here.

Our Promises to you:

We promise to reduce your pain significantly within 3 sessions or less or your money back guaranteed.

We promise to figure out what is causing your pain and to provide a clear explanation on how to resolve it so that it never returns.

We promise to give you ongoing support through your recovery to ensure you stay on track and make a full recovery. We want you to get back doing the things you love.

We promise to provide you with adequate, pain relieving, hands on treatment (when required). We don’t believe in using old fashioned Physiotherapy machines such as TENS and Ultrasound.

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  • Expert Physiotherapy verbal and physical assessment to figure out your specific goals
  • Pain relieving hands on treatment (No old fashioned and out dated machines)
  • Clearly planned out exercise rehabilitation program
  • Guidance throughout your rehabilitation so you know when it is safe to run and return to sport
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