The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located in the knee and can be injured or torn when it is harshly twisted in the wrong way. ACL tears are especially common in athletes, including those who participate in sports such as gymnastics, football, soccer, tennis, or other quick running activities. All these sports require sudden stops and changes in direction, making the risk higher for twisting the knee the wrong way and sustaining an ACL injury.
An ACL injury is painful and debilitating. Those suffering from this type of injury typically experience severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion, and instability when trying to bear weight. Fortunately, our Gainesville, FL physical therapy services can help treat your ACL injury and provide some much-needed relief.
According to GetPT1st, “research shows that 26% of non-contact ACL injuries could be prevented by specific exercise programs.” At Kinetix Physical Therapy, we are dedicated not only to helping you recover from your ACL injury, but we are also able to help you prevent further injuries from occurring in the future. Our Gainesville, FL physical therapists will conduct several tests to gauge your injury risk, such as the Landing Error Scoring System (LESS). This is a jump-landing test, used to determine whether or not you are at high-risk for a non-contact ACL injury.
Full ACL tears most often require surgical repair. Physical therapy is a crucial part of the rehabilitation process before and after surgery to ensure you attain the best recovery possible. We work closely with your surgeon to follow protocols, restore range of motion, strength, and muscle coordination throughout the recovery process.
After diagnostic tests and physical examinations are complete, our physical therapists will design a specialized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your treatment plan may include a combination of methods, including manual therapy, targeted exercises, muscle coordination, balance exercises, and more, all aimed at providing relief and the best possible recovery.
ACL Injury Prevention
For the past two decades, ACL injury prevention programs have been a strong focus in the field of sports medicine. Various programs have been created as a way to encourage and promote proper techniques for athletes who may be at high risk of sustaining an ACL injury. ACL prevention programs include targeted exercises that address muscle strengthening, muscle recruitment patterns, landing and deceleration patterns, proprioception, and plyometrics.
Most ACL injury prevention program sessions last approximately 20-30 minutes, making it very easy to incorporate into a practice setting. If you are an athlete, you should strongly consider participating in an ACL injury prevention program, due to the overwhelmingly positive statistical evidence supporting their effectiveness.
In a study examining the effect of ACL injury prevention programs, female athletes demonstrated a reduced ACL injury risk of 52% after incorporating the program into their fitness regimens. Even better, male athletes demonstrated a reduced ACL injury risk of 85% after incorporating the program into their fitness regimens. With odds so good, why not start your prevention regiment today?!
ACL prevention programs have been proven to work, helping athletes not only while they are on the field, but also while they are training. Our Gainesville, FL physical therapy practice is dedicated to helping athletes recover and prevent ACL injuries. If you are interested in our ACL injury prevention and recovery programs, contact Kinetix Physical Therapy today. Our dedicated physical therapists will get you started on your journey to reaching your optimum physical function!