ACL Reconstruction Rehab
By Steven Meier
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a band of fibrous tissue located inside the knee. The ACL helps the knee move back and forth and maintain stability. It is also among the most commonly injured ligaments in the body. The other three primary ligaments in the knee are the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Contact Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine today to learn more about ACL reconstruction surgery and ACL reconstruction rehab.
Due to the role of the knee in bearing the weight of the body, ligament damage in the knee is quite common among athletes.
Common reasons for ACL injury include:
- changing direction
- stopping suddenly
- landing awkwardly
- an object impacting the knee
Common symptoms of a torn ACL include:
- limited mobility
There are also different grades of ACL injury. When the anterior cruciate ligament is only partially torn, it can often be treated with nonsurgical methods such as ice, rest, and compression. However, if the ligament is completely severed, it cannot heal on it’s own. This means that surgical intervention is required.
During ACL reconstruction surgery, Dr. Meier makes a number of small incisions around the knee. Through these incisions, he inserts a small camera called an arthroscope which allows him to see inside the knee without an open surgery.
The reconstruction itself involves Dr. Meier removing the torn ligament and implanting a graft in its place. Over time this graft will heal in place of the ACL. At this time, Dr. Meier will discuss ACL reconstruction rehab. This typically involves wearing a knee brace and stretching to maintain range of motion.
It is important for patients to know that complete ACL reconstruction rehab can take many months. To find out more about rehab from ACL reconstruction, contact MOSM today by calling 310.736.2793 or filling out the online contact form.