What is the ACL?
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the knee, which prevents rotation of the knee. It is commonly injured or torn in sports such as soccer, lacrosse, skiing, typically with a “plant and twist” motion.
How do I know if I tore my ACL?
See a physio! There are different degrees of tear (partial to full), and not all are treated equally. Usually a full tear can be detected in the clinic, but if in doubt, an MRI can confirm.
If I tore my ACL do I need surgery?
Not necessarily. It will depend on the severity of the tear, your age, activity level, what sport/hobby you want to get back to, your overall health, etc. It will be a decision made between yourself, your physio and your surgeon. And the good news is, we’re learning now that some ACL’s actually heal!
Why do I need an ACL program? ACL’s are generally poorly rehabilitated due to the commitment required. It takes between 9-15 months (yes that long!) to successfully complete ACL rehabilitation. Research has shown that structured and supervised rehab programs have better outcomes, and are more FUN! At Active Living Physio, we saw the need for better ACL rehab, we took a deep dive into the current research about ACL rehab, and we developed a comprehensive, research-based, outcome-driven program!
Questions? Call our front desk or send us an email.
Then book yourself online or by phone to have your knee assessed. If you’re expecting ACL repair surgery, we highly recommend one physio visit prior to your surgery.
Our super team of Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists look forward to delivering a stellar experience and getting you back to doing what you love!