The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is frequently injured during athletic activities, and when it’s torn, nearly half of all patients have a complete rupture that often needs surgery to repair the ligament. Roy Rivera Jr., PT, PhD, DPT, MCHES, Jordan Boyd, PT, DPT, CSCS, and the team at Crom Rehabilitation have extensive experience rehabilitating ACL injuries, including creating customized physical therapy programs to support your recovery from ACL repairs. To get the help you need, call the office in Houston or Pearland, Texas, or book an appointment online today.
The ACL runs diagonally through the knee joint, connecting the femur (thigh bone) with the tibia (shinbone). This ligament gives the knee rotational stability and holds the shinbone in place, stopping it from moving away from the thigh bone.
ACL tears typically occur during movements that are common in sports like football, soccer, and basketball. These movements include:
Though not as common, the ACL may also tear if you take a direct hit to the side of your knee.
You may hear a popping sound as the ligament tears. Many people also experience:
About half of those who suffer an ACL injury also sustain other injuries in the knee joint, often tearing the meniscus and other ligaments.
If you have a partial ACL tear and the knee joint is stable, you may only need nonsurgical treatment. But if you have joint instability or you want to regain maximum ligament strength so you can return to sports, you will need surgery to repair the ligament.
Surgeons don’t stitch together a torn ACL. They rebuild the ligament using a piece of tendon taken from another part of your body. They anchor the tendon in the thigh and shinbone, recreating the position and angle of the original ligament.
Yes, physical therapy is essential for the best possible recovery. Immediately after surgery, physical therapy restores circulation, promotes ACL healing, reduces inflammation, and helps to get rid of your pain.
Your ongoing therapy begins with a gradual return to bearing weight and regaining mobility. After you have full flexion and extension in the knee joint, your therapist adds exercises to start rebuilding strength and balance.
If you want to return to sports, the team at Crom Rehabilitation creates a sport-specific recovery program to ensure you’re at peak performance before returning to play.
When recovering from ACL repair, you can depend on the experts at Crom Rehabilitation to get you back in shape. Call or book an appointment online today.