Surgical treatment for ACL injuries centers on keeping the tibia from moving too far forward under the femur bone and getting the knee functioning normally again. To reduce scarring inside the joint and to speed your recovery, most surgeons will prescribe several sessions of physical therapy before the surgery. This will also reduce swelling and ensure you can straighten the knee completely.
Surgical treatment for ACL injuries involve a substitute graft
ACL injuries are not generally repaired using sutures to sew the original ligament back into place because primary repair of the ACL has generally been shown to fail over time. Therefore, the torn ACL is replaced by a substitute graft made of a hamstring
Non-surgical treatment for ACL injuries focuses on decreasing the pain and swelling in your knee, beginning with rest and mild over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol. Your knee joint may need to be drained, in order to remove any blood in the joint.
You will most likely be instructed to put a normal amount of weight on the injured leg while walking, and may need to use crutches until you can walk without a limp.
Physical therapy as a non-surgical treatment for ACL injuries
The nonsurgical treatment of your ACL injury may continue with physical therapy. Therapists use ice, electrical stimulation, and rest periods with your leg supported in elevation to treat swelling and pain.
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In order to properly identify an ACL injury, it is imperative that you have an understanding of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and its function as well as typical activities that tend to result in such injuries.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a strong band of tissue that connects the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The ACL attaches to the backside of the femur, and goes under the femur, ultimately attaching to the front of the tibia. The femur has a special notch hollowed out at its bottom where the ACL runs across. This special notch is known as the intercondylar notch, and it keeps the ACL in place as it stretches and recoils.
The function of the ACL is to control how far forward
Injuries to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) are one of the most common sports injuries to the knee. They happen to professionals and amateurs alike. Injuries to the ACL affect the quality of life of all those who suffer such damage to the knee. They can restrict the range of activities for athletes as well as all others who are affected.
The ACL is a ligament. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue. Their function is to connect bones together. Specifically, the ACL connects the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). It is a long ligament which connects the backside of the thighbone to the front portion of the shinbone. The ACL ligament restricts how far forward the shinbone can extend.
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Advances in arthroscopy benefits patients
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