ACL injury Treatment by Experts in Pune
Physiotherapy services for ACL injury Treatment in Pune and underlying cause can be availed in the comfort of your home, by our expert physiotherapists.
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament is a structure within the knee joint that prevents excessive anterior and rotatory movement to protect the joint. It is injured when sudden, excessive movement occurs at the knee. Mostly Athletes need ACL injury Treatment because they suffer mostly due to demanding sudden acceleration/ deceleration and change in direction, for example, football. The ligament may be sprained (stretched excessively), partially torn, or completely torn.
General Queries regarding ACL injury Treatment in Pune
The immediate symptoms develop over 24 hours and include pain, swelling, and inability to bear weight on the affected limb. Other symptoms include a buckling sensation and movement restriction due to muscle guarding. If not treated optimally, the symptoms worsen in a short span of time, and may leave the athlete unable to return to previous level of performance.
The gold standard for ACL injury diagnosis is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The orthopedic doctor may perform a physical test on the knee to confirm the findings.
The treatment depends on the severity of the injury. A sprain or partial tear resolves over time with the appropriate physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises. A complete tear, especially when other structures are involved, requires surgical repair.
Physiotherapy for conservative (non-surgical) management of ACL is employed to reduce pain and inflammation while maintaining functional movement in the early stages. In the mid to late stage, exercises are aimed towards improving muscle strength, gaining full range of motion, re-training balance & proprioception, improving agility & speed, and preparing the athlete for return to sport (which may take nearly one year).
For cases that require surgical management, physiotherapy is employed before as well as after surgery. Pre-operative physiotherapy is aimed to prepare the joint for surgery and future rehabilitation by controlling pain & inflammation and maintaining muscle strength & joint range.
After surgical repair, complete ACL injury Treatment and rehabilitation takes between 9-12 months and involves regaining strength & mobility, re-training balance & proprioception, improving agility & speed, and preparing the athlete for return to sport.