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Treatment for ACL injuries
ACL injuries are one of the most common knee injuries people suffer from. Whether you injured your ACL during contact sports or just missed a step and twisted your knee, there are a few treatment options for ACL injuries available to you. If you’re suffering from an ACL injury the first thing to do is to make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor may order X-rays to determine if you suffer from a fracture or an MRI in order to evaluate the health of your ACL and determine the damage.
Products to Treat ACL Injuries
Treatment for ACL injuries is dependent on many factors including age, activity level, associated injuries, and the desire to return to previous activities. Non-operative options include physical therapy, wearing ACL knee braces, and activity modifications. If your injury requires surgery, a surgeon will reconstruct your injured ACL using arthroscopy techniques. A graft, usually from the patellar tendon or hamstring, is used to replace the torn ACL. The procedure is commonly done on an outpatient basis allowing you to go home on the same day. The knee is injected during surgery with a local anesthesia to reduce initial postop pain. At home, a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine can be used to prevent stiffness, and a cold therapy pad can decrease pain and swelling.
Your doctor will follow-up with you on your treatment plan. Rehabilitation typically begins one week after surgery. The initial phase of therapy helps to control pain and swelling, while restoring motion to the knee. The second phase consists of increasing muscle strength. The final phase is a gradual return to previous activities. This generally occurs 5-8 months after surgery.