WHAT ARE ACL TEARS AND WHAT CUASES THEM?
The Anterior Cruciate ligament (ACL) is located in the knee and prevents the lower leg from sliding forward on the upper leg. ACL tears are most common in soccer, football, basketball, and cheer along with other sports. ACL tear is more likely to occur in females versus males. Most commonly the injury will occur due to sudden deceleration or slowing down, and an abrupt change of direction with a planted foot. An ACL tear can also occur due to extreme bending of the knee or extreme straightening of the knee joint. Common symptoms of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear include sudden pop, severe pain, immediate swelling which will worsen with time, and the feeling of giving away of the knee. It is often noted that sporting fans can hear the pop!
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
Physical therapy (PT) may be prescribed prior to surgery which would include modalities for pain, maintaining strength and range of motion. Following surgical repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear, one will complete physical therapy to allow for normal healing with return to sports or work duties. A few steps of prevention can be taken such as stretching, strengthening, and body awareness.
HOW WILL PRO THERAPY TREAT MY ACL TEAR?
Our Northern Mississippi therapists at Pro Therapy will start by searching for the root of the problem. Not only will we perform a full physical therapy evaluation and any needed diagnostic test, but we’ll also consult with your medical doctor to find the personalized treatment plan that will suit you best. Don’t let an ACL tear run your life. Start the ACL tear treatment process with proper physical therapy by scheduling an appointment or giving us a call.