ACL Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Program

One of the most common knee injuries is Anterior cruciate ligament, commonly known as ACL injury. People who participate in high risk sports such as basketball, football , skiing, soccer are at high risk of ACL injuries. The main cause of this injury is lack of muscle strength, conditioning and neuromuscular control. This injury presents itself differently in different people but most symptoms leads to substantial discomfort and difficulty in carrying out normal activities of daily living.

In worst case scenario, ACL injuries can also be associated with Meniscal Tears which if not treated properly can mean end of an active lifestyle. The fate of injury varies from person to person and in turn the mode of treatment also differs. Here at our clinic in Delhi at Prohealth Asia, our physiotherapists, clinically assess the condition, advise you further investigation if required. And based on your degree of injury, level of instability and extent of activity, we help you decide the right way of managing it.

In case of non-surgical approach, our ACL physiotherapy treatment program helps you to relieve pain, regain the range of motion and optimum strength to cope with the injury and brings you back to your active lifestyle.

ACL Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Treatment Program - 12 Sessions

ACL physiotherapy treatment program is recommended for patients who suffer from mild to moderate rupture or tear of ACL without others structural damage or conditions contributing to the deteriorating knee pain.

At our Centre in Delhi, Prohealth Asia, we provide individualised treatment that is designed as per the extent of your injury to meet your specific goals without surgery.

INITIAL SESSIONS INCLUDES:

  • Physical examination on the severity of the condition and functional disability
  • Lower limb joint assessments
  • Setting up short-term and long-term goals according to their activity level
  • Gait assessment
  • Other potential problems caused by ACL injury e.g. muscle wasting and dysfunction

SUBSEQUENT SESSIONS INCLUDE:

  • Treatments to relieve pain, symptoms and swelling
  • Regain movement range and mobility in the knee
  • Strengthening the weakened muscles by resistance training, manual facilitation, biofeedback machine etc.
  • Plyometric training at latter stage of rehabilitation
  • Specific technique drills according to patient's sports activity
  • Home exercise prescription programmes will be designed and revised according to improving conditions

ACL POST-OPERATIVE REHABILITATION PROGRAMME*

(up to 5 or 6 months)*

This rehabilitation programme is designed for patients who have undergone the ACL reconstruction surgery. Rehabilitation outcomes may vary for individuals who have undergone other surgeries at the same time, e.g. Meniscal repair.

A tailor-made physiotherapy treatment will be delivered according to the type of surgery the patient received. For the most desired results, we recommend the treatment frequency to start at least 2-3 times a week for the first two months, then gradually decreasing according to individual progression.

Here are the goals for the ACL Post-Operative Rehabilitation Programme set out in different phases after reconstructive surgery:

Weeks 1-3:
  • 90° knee flexion range and full extension 
  • Independent quadriceps contraction
  • Walking without crutches by the end of Week 3.
Weeks 4-6:
  • 120° knee flexion range
  • Normal gait cycle
  • Stair walking with good knee control
Weeks 7-10
  • Full range
  • Able to do light jogging
Months 3-4
  • Jogging to Running phase
Months 4-5
  • Agility phase
Months 5-6
  • Return to Drills phase
Months 6-7
  • Return to Practice phase
Months 7-8
  • Return to Competition phase

*Please note the ACL post-operative rehabilitation programme may vary for individuals due to the fact that many ACL surgery is performed to correct other related conditions at the same time.

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