ACL Rehab and Return to Sport
Where is the ACL?
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 downhill skiing. 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 San Marcos, CA 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 HealthWest 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 San Marcos, CA physical therapist 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.
After diagnostic tests and physical examinations are complete, our physical therapist will design a specialized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Your treatment plan may include a combination of methods, including manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, or targeted exercises, all aimed at providing relief and rehabilitation.
If you are suffering from an ACL injury, contact HealthWest Physical Therapy today to schedule your initial appointment. We will get you started on your path toward recovery and long-lasting relief!
Return to Your Sport as Quickly as Possible with Physical Therapy
Whatever age you are, or level of physical ability you may have, physical therapy can help you in enhancing the healing process of an ACL injury. With our ACL injury rehabilitation programs, you will be able to get back to doing the activities you love in no time. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to get off the sidelines and return to your sport, give our office a call today to schedule an appointment with our highly trained physical therapist.
How will sports injury rehabilitation benefit my ACL injury?
1. Physical therapy effectively treats injuries and helps to avoid future ACL injuries
Our physical therapist is experienced and compassionate about helping others. She has a vast depth of insight on rehabilitation treatments, including prevention of future ACL injuries. A physical therapist is an expert in movement, with the ability to identify factors contributing to your injury that you may not have even considered. This may include limitations on your range of motion, motor control impairment, or weakness of the core. When these factors are addressed, your risk of and ACL injury significantly decreases.
2. Treatment plans are individualized to each patient
Physical therapists understand that no two athletes are the same – so no two treatment plans should be the same, either. Everyone experiences pain and injury differently, and everyone’s body recovers in different ways. After a thorough physical evaluation, your physical therapist will create a treatment plan based on your type of ACL injury, stage of recovery, personal goals, and any underlying conditions.
Your treatment plan will follow detailed steps all leading to your end goal: return to sport. For example, in the beginning stages of your recovery, your treatments will be focused on pain relief, inflammation reduction, and tissue healing. Once the knee pain is alleviated and the swelling is no longer present, you’ll move on to the next part of your treatment plan, focusing on restoring your strength, balance, endurance, and range of motion, in addition to activating your central nervous system.
If you were referred by a doctor or surgeon, our physical therapist will also take into account any special instructions you may have been given regarding physical activity. Our physical therapist will work closely with anyone else involved in the medical treatment and rehabilitation of your ACL injury.
Contact us today!
Physical therapy offers so much more than current symptom relief – it offers ACL injury prevention and natural performance enhancement. If you are an athlete suffering from an ACL injury, don’t waste any more time on the sidelines. Take your recovery to the next level with our physical therapy team. Get an appointment at HealthWest Physical Therapy today and get started on the right track toward returning to the sport you love!