ACL Surgery: Your Road to Recovery
Unfortunately, ACL injuries are one of the most popular that we see come into the clinic.
This is due to the fact that they are commonly sustained by young athletes who compete in popular sports such as:
– Gymnastics and more.
How & why do ACL Injuries occur?
An ACL injury is usually sustained without contact, and occurs when sharp, sudden movements such as landing from a jump, pivoting or cutting are performed. These types of manoeuvres are frequently needed in the above-mentioned sports. So, you can see the connection here.
Although there are several routes an ACL sufferer can take in regards to treatment of their injury, surgery is almost always needed if the injured person would like to resume their chosen sport and perform at a similar, previous level.
Over the years, many high-profile sport starts have had their career halted due to an ACL injury, and in some cases, have been completely ruled out. So, it’s very important to make decisions in regards to returning to play and managing your recovery expectations.
Rehabilitation is key
If you find that surgery is for you, post-operative ACL rehabilitation is key to a quicker and more successful recovery, although this certainly doesn’t mean that it’s an easy road. With ongoing guidance and support from a highly experienced sport physiotherapist, your chances of a successful recovery are much greater as opposed to neglecting your rehabilitation options.
What’s involved with rehabilitation?
Beginning physiotherapy on your operated knee is recommended almost immediately. Usually after your surgery, as you are discharged you are given exercises to complete at home within the first few days. After that, it’s recommended that you immediately begin a customised rehabilitation plan with your sports physiotherapist.
Although everyone’s rehabilitation program is different, generally speaking, you can expect to undertake a few sessions per week for the first 6 weeks after surgery & then decrease your number of visits after that. ACL rehabilitation usually takes anywhere from 6-12 months. Post ACL surgery rehabilitation focuses on gaining and restoring the knee’s full motion as well as the strength and endurance of your knee. The important return of balance and agility is also a primary focus of any rehabilitation program.
Talk to our experienced team if you have any questions
At Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, our highly experienced team of physiotherapists have rehabilitated many athletes successfully after undergoing ACL surgery. We offer the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals after your surgery.
If you would like further information about our customised rehabilitation programs, please feel free to contact the clinic today by calling (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing [email protected]