Have you suffered an injury to your knee involving your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament)? Physiotherapy may be helpful. The ACL structure is important to normal function; injury to this area can cause pain and instability in the knee and keep the person from participating in the activities they enjoy. Many patients report that ACL physio improves their strength and range of motion and helps them return to their normal activities with less pain.
Evaluation and treatment
If you become injured and experience knee pain, your Sydney physio can perform specific tests to help determine whether the ACL has been damaged. Then, they can ensure that you receive the proper treatment. One test your physio might perform is known as the anterior drawer test. During this test, your physio will pull your shin bone forward gently while stabilising your foot. The ACL may be injured if the shin glides forward more on the injured knee than the non-injured one. You may also need an MRI to confirm the presence, type, and extent of your ACL injury.
If you have injured your ACL, physiotherapy may be able to help you regain mobility. At your initial evaluation, your physio will collect the information they need to create a personalised treatment plan. At this evaluation, expect your physio to take your medical history and perform an examination that includes the precise assessment of your functional mobility, gait, range of motion, strength, balance, and more.
Once your evaluation is complete, your physio will work with you to develop a treatment plan. Be sure to ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand involving your diagnosis or treatment. Your treatment plan may include:
- Pain management. Several different treatment techniques can help minimise knee pain.
- Gait training. Your physio can teach you how to use any assistive devices such as crutches safely.
- Strengthening exercises. An exercise program designed specifically for you can help strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip muscles to maximise healing.
- Balance exercises. Balance exercises can help you regain normal balance on your injured leg.
- Range of motion exercises. Pain and swelling in your knee can limit what you can do; specific exercises can help restore your range of motion.
You will also learn ways to prevent re-injuring your knee in the future – one of the most critical parts of your ACL physiotherapy. Also, if you have injured your ACL and adherence to your physiotherapy program is not helpful, you may need surgery to repair the damage. If you do have surgery, physiotherapy may be able to help you recover and return to your normal activities faster.
Book an appointment with an ACL physio in Sydney
from injuries. Our treatment programs don’t just mask your symptoms; they focus on your complete recovery and return to your normal daily life. If you are experiencing knee pain following an injury, contact Precision Physio now to learn more about how physiotherapy may be able to help.