ACL Injuries & Treatments

ACL Injuries & Treatments
  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

The most commonly injured ligament in the knee is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This ligament is most responsible for stabilizing the knee. People of all ages, physical ability, and conditions are susceptible to tearing this ligament; although ACL injuries are more commonly seen in athletes.

An ACL injury typically happens as the result of an individual or athlete stopping suddenly and changing direction. Nearly two-thirds of ACL injuries are "non-contact" injuries and often occur in conjunction with other injuries to the knee, such as damage to the meniscus.

 

Conservative (Non - Surgical) Treatment

Athletes can reduce their risk for ACL injuries by regularly strengthening their lower extremities.  Leg presses, squats and lunges help to promote stability in the knee and should be used in conjunction with cardiovascular workouts such as stair climbers, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers. Athletes should begin preparing for their sport in the preseason with endurance training at least four weeks before the season starts and continuing throughout the duration of the season. A core stabilization program can also greatly reduce the risk of ACL injury as well as increase athletic performance and provide athletes with longevity in their sport.

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While non-surgical treatment is sometimes recommended, surgical reconstruction is typically needed to give patients the best chance of returning to their pre-injury level of activity.  Recuperation from ACL reconstruction surgery takes six to nine months.

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