Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most feared and most talked about injuries in the sporting world. This is largely because of the significance of the injury and the long recovery and rehabilitation periods involved.
The ACL is the primary stabilising ligament of the knee joint, essentially anchoring the thigh (femur) and the shin (tibia) together. Rupture of the ACL leads to relative instability of the knee joint, especially in activities involving rotation such as the majority of ball sports.
As with any knee injury the joint should be iced and rested immediately. Then a thorough examination should be performed by one of our experienced physiotherapists to determine the severity and the extent of the injury. As part of this process an MRI scan is sometimes required to visualise the Anterior Cruciate Ligament along with a number of other important structures inside the knee, such as the meniscus.
Once a diagnosis has been formed then we can begin appropriate treatment/rehabilitation of the injured knee, according to the injury and its severity. If the ACL has been completely ruptured, we will discuss with you possible referral to an orthopaedic specialist for consideration of surgical repair, however this is not always necessary depending on the situation.
To have your knee injury expertly assessed and managed, call The Glen Back Care & Sports Therapy now on 95609393.