The ACL, short for anterior cruciate ligament, is a major knee ligament crucial to knee stability. The majority of ACL tears occur during sports-related activities, such as pivoting or landing after a jump. The knee will “give out” from under the athlete when the ACL is torn, therefore many patients opt for surgical treatment of this injury.
Whether or not you choose to have surgery, rehabilitation is necessary to recover from most ACL injuries. Speed of recovery from an ACL tear depends on the severity of the injury, how extensive the surgery was, and how consistent you are in following your individual rehabilitation program. Expect to invest four to six months in rehab to strengthen your knee and build surrounding muscles. By consistently following your program, you will recover faster, experience better knee stability, and likely return normal function and flexibility to your knee.
Your physician and physical therapist will design a personalized rehab program for you that takes into consideration your age, overall health, normal level of activity, and the extent of the ACL injury. Your program will most likely include:
• Flexibility exercises.
• Strengthening exercises.
• Endurance activities.
• Coordination and agility training (for competitive athletes).
At Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, rehabilitation programs are well supervised to ensure that exercises are appropriate and the progression is right for you. Our South Florida orthopedic surgeons and physical therapy experts know that your commitment to the treatment and recovery process is essential to its success, and will work to motivate and encourage you every step of the way. Get your life back: choose Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. For questions about ACL tears, treatment or recovery, call us today at (954) 400-5544.