The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments which provide structural support to your knee. It’s purpose is to prevent anterior translation of the tibia (lower leg bone) in relation to the femur (thigh bone). It is the most commonly injured knee ligament, especially in athletes.
Some Causes of ACL Injuries:
ACL injuries are common in sports and are a frequently seen sports injury as the vast majority of sports rely on your legs and foot, knee and hip joints to support you during your sport. If we look at a sport such as football, this has an increased reliance on the use of your legs as they are used to drive you through the movement of kicking the ball. The ACL is commonly ruptured when there is a twisting force applied to the knee, particularly when the foot is planted to the ground.
An audible ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ can be heard or felt when the injury occurs and the knee can begin to swell very quickly after the injury. ACL injuries can vary in their severity and some cases may require surgery. Apart from surgery, non-invasive treatment methods would include the administration of physiotherapy treatment and the gradual strengthening of the affected areas through exercise therapy and gym based rehabilitation.
How we can help:
If surgery is required to repair a damaged ACL, a lengthy period of rehabilitation is required to strengthen the knee and prevent future injury to the area. This rehabilitation is on an individual and case-by-case basis as determined by the severity of the injury. While physiotherapy treatment in the clinic will be carried out, you will also be prescribed a range of simple yet effective exercises that you can complete at home to help manage and alleviate your symptoms. In some cases it may be recommended to undergo some personal training sessions in our private and fully functional rehabilitation gym to target your condition through exercise therapy.