Can I get back to sport after ACL injury?


Many among our athletes especially among basketball players develop an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Most of the players are worrying about getting back to their sports career after getting this kind of sports injury. Usually player develops an ACL injury when he happens to have a bad fall after a jump. The ACL is one of the four major ligaments in the knees. This is the ligament that connects the thigh bone (femur) with the leg bone (tibia). This is also important for supporting the stability of one’s knees. If this gets torn, the  cartilage at one’s knee gets easily worn out which in turn leads to the early development of arthritis.

If the ACL develops a partial tear, this may still be treated by means of physical therapy. The physical therapist will prescribe a regimen of exercises aimed at maintaining the flexibility and strengthening the muscles of the knee. The knee muscles that need to be strengthened are the vastus medialis oblique(VMO), knee flexors, and gastrocnemius. These muscles aid the ACL to stabilize the knee.

Now if the ACL develops a total tear then, this now requires a reconstructive surgery. Through reconstructive surgery the injured ACL will be replaced with a new ACL by getting a graft from other parts of the body. The usual sources patellar tendon and the hamstring of graft. After the surgery, the patient needs to undergo physical therapy or physiotherapy in order to restore the healthy function of the knee.

Our physical therapist or physiotherapist are experts who  provide physical therapy or physiotherapy home service to patients with ACL injury in Metro Manila areas comprising Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Mandaluyong, San juan, Makati, Taguig, Pasay, Manila, Parańaque at Las Pińas.

In our sports injury rehabilitation program, the patient has to undergo several phases. First phase, we aim at restoring the  patient’s normal range of motion. Second phase, we design for the patient a gym program aimed at strengthening and restore the right size of the muscles. Third phase, we provide the patient a running program again aimed at further strengthening the muscles. Fourth, we teach the patient the proper way to jump and to land in order to avoid repeating the same injury in the future. Fifth, we teach the patient plyometric exercises in  order to prepare them for his sports. Lastly, when the injury is fully healed, we encourage him to return to his sports.

Our group has succeeded in helping serveral patients restore their knee function after suffering from ACL injury regardless whether he is a player or not. We are here to provide you with the right physical rehabilitation, if your are suffering from ACL injury.

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