ACL Injury Treatment Brampton

What is an ACL injury?

ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. The ACL is one of the four major ligaments in the knee and play a vital role in stabilizing the knee. In fact, the ACL is the most important out of the other 3 ligaments. When this ligament is torn or injured, it requires an extensive recovery period which can involve surgery and/or conservative therapies.

How do you injury your ACL?

The ACL plays a role in preventing your tibia (shin bone) from sliding forward past your knee’s normal limits. The most common result of injury are due to pivoting motions while there is a unexpected change of direction while the foot is planted on the ground. However, they are other ways one may injury or tear their ACL; for instance, direct blow/injury to the knee, collision, improper landing from a fall/jump, or in rate cases, stopping suddenly. ACL injuries are mostly common in athletes who play football, hockey, basketball and soccer; however it can happen to anyone.

When you injury your ACL, it can be classified as grade 1, 2 or 3. Grade one ranges from no tear of the ligament however the fibers are stretched. There is also very minimal swelling, tenderness and instability. Grade 2 occurs when the ligament fibers are partially torn with swelling and tenderness present. There is also increased instability in the knee, however the movement still has a solid end point. Grade 3 occurs when the ligament fibers are completely torn. The knee is very unstable and there is no ligamentous end point felt. Typically, there is minimal pain however it can vary for everyone’s.

How is it treated?

The thing that sets Active Life Wellness Center apart from other facilities is that we offer prehab and post-operative physiotherapy for those who require surgery for their ACL.

Typically, when an individual sees a surgeon due to an ACL injury, the surgeon will recommend if you require surgery or not. If surgery is required, they may recommend you to be part of a pre-rehabilitation program prior to surgery. This program aims to maintain the muscle strength around the ACL, maintains range of motion of the knee, and control any swelling.

All in all, our physiotherapist will be able to prepare you prior to your surgery and immediately after – while following a strict protocol.

How long is the recovery period?

It is very important to understand that the recovery period is different for every person and depends on various factors; such as, grade of injury, how long it has been injured for, previous musculoskeletal injury and overall physiology of your body. Although recovery time varies for each individual, the recovery period in majority of patients have been very successful here at Active Life wellness Center. The Physiotherapist will work closely with you to determine your goals and help you get back on your feet to your regular activities. It can take an estimated 6-12 months with or without surgery before an individual can return back to sports.

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