ACL Tear or Sprain: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

An ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear and sprain are common knee injuries that can significantly impact daily activities and sports performance. The ACL, a crucial ligament in the knee, stabilizes the joint and helps control its movement. Injuries can range from mild sprains to complete tears, requiring prompt attention, appropriate treatment, and rehabilitation.

Symptoms of an ACL tear or sprain

Symptoms of an ACL tear or sprain include a popping sound during injury, severe pain, swelling, limited range of motion, instability, and difficulty walking or bearing weight.

Causes of an ACL tear or sprain

These injuries often result from sudden stops, changes in direction, jumping, or direct impacts to the knee during sports or accidents. Women and athletes involved in high-demand sports are at a higher risk.

If you have torn or sprained your ACL, book an appointment at The Back Clinic for an assessment and treatment to regain strength, stability, and range of motion.

Treatment of an ACL tear or sprain

Immediate treatment involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), followed by physical therapy to restore strength and stability. Severe cases may require surgical intervention to reconstruct the torn ligament.

Treatment for an ACL tear or sprain with the DBC Protocol

The DBC protocol is an innovative approach to treating ACL injuries. It involves using specialized machines during rehabilitation to provide isolated support while engaging in controlled movements and enhancing muscle activation. This protocol accelerates recovery, minimizes re-injury risks, and optimizes return to sports. Book your appointment below.

Non-surgical intervention for ACL tear or sprain

If, on the advice of your doctor, a non-surgical approach is an option, physical therapy can be an effective route to recovery and rehabilitation. Your recovery may take several months, but if done properly, it can be effective. 

Initial treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory measures and a reduction in the type and amount of activity. After the swelling has subsided, it is important to regain strength, balance and range of motion. Proper and consistent exercise can help you rebuild strength in the ligament and surrounding muscles and tendons. This will help to restore your stability and balance. Appropriate stretching exercises will allow you to regain full range of motion. It is important to maintain a routine to minimise the risk of re-injury.

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