In Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury the ligament in the front of the knee is injured as a result of excessive pivoting or twisting of the knee as well as over extending in either direction. Signs of this condition include swelling, pain, difficulty walking and tenderness in the front of the knee. The knee may feel unstable.
Physical Therapy Treatment Plan: After careful evaluation by the physical therapist, the first step in treating this condition is to reduce pain and inflammation.
Treatments may include ice, electrical stimulation, and bracing. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises will be added gradually. If surgery is needed, physical therapy treatment plan includes range of motion, strengthening to the knee, balance training and return to previous function/sports.
After your initial prescription for physical therapy is completed, your physician and physical therapist will decide if you need to continue physical therapy or if you will be discharged to a home exercise program.
This information is provided as a learning resource for the benefit of our patients. It is NOT INTENDED to replace personal consultation with your medical professionals.