Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

By March 21, 2017Common Conditions
Common Conditions

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

What is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear?

The ACL is a ligament in the middle of the knee that provides stability and prevents buckling of the knee. There are three grades of tears, with a grade three often requiring surgical intervention. If you have a full tear, the fix often involves a graft from either the patella tendon, hamstring tendon or a synthetic ligament by an orthopaedic surgeon. Rehabilitation is vital to restore motion, strength and coordination. Poorly rehabilitated ACL reconstructions have a greatly increased re-rupture rate.

How Does an ACL Tear Happen?

The mechanism of an ACL tear usually occurs while playing sport with a pivoting action on a grounded foot, such as in netball. One often hears a popping or cracking sound at the time of injury. ACL injuries commonly occur alongside other injuries due to the location of the ligament and mechanism of injury, particularly a MCL tear or medial meniscal tears.

What Complete Care Physiotherapy Centre can do to treat an ACL Tear?

We use our ‘return-to-sport’ rehab system to ensure that the healing process is most effective by allowing us to:

  • Control inflammation and swelling
  • Restore joint range
  • Restore muscle length
  • Improve muscle control
  • Correct muscle imbalances
  • Improve sporting technique
  • Improve biomechanics
  • Improve joint awareness (proprioception)
  • Achieve advanced muscle strengthening
  • Introduce cross-training activities to maintain your fitness
  • Guide a progressive return to your chosen sport

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