An ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) strain is a common knee injury that occurs when the ACL, a vital ligament stabilizing the knee joint, experiences excessive stretching or tearing. This type of injury often results from sudden stops, changes in direction, or direct impact to the knee, making it prevalent in athletes, especially those involved in sports that require rapid movements. ACL strains can cause immediate pain, swelling, and instability in the knee, making it difficult to bear weight.
Management of ACL strains is complex and typically requires multiple professionals. At STRONG., we recommend seeking help through physiotherapy or chiropractic in addition to your family physician or sports medicine doctor. Recovery typically lasts 8-12 months. Treatments are individualized to your needs and preferences but typical sessions may include exercise or rehabilitation focusing on the knee and hip, tissue release of tight muscles, joint mobilization/manipulation, or acupuncture. Proper rehabilitation and preventative measures are crucial for recovery and to reduce the risk of future ACL injuries.
Treatments may include: