What You Need To Know About ACL Tear Causes And Treatments

knee anatomy graphicIntense activities are the main ACL tear causes patients experience, and getting treatment as quickly as possible is important for maintaining mobility. If an ACL issue is left untreated, other symptoms can sometimes develop. Other symptoms include increased sensitivity and pain in the ACL area, swelling, a popping sensation inside the knee and a diminished range of motion. 
ACL Tear Causes

The ACL is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee. It connects the shin and thigh, and when it tears, the damage can be a partial tear or a complete one. Almost anything that puts stress on the knee, like high intensity sports that include jumping, leaping and landing wrong, twisting or a direct blow can cause this type of injury. 

ACL Tear Reconstruction

If the ACL tear is severe enough that your physician recommends reconstructive surgery, the surgery involves a graft to replace the damaged ligament. Some things that may lead to this recommendation include:

  • An ACL that is completely or partially torn
  • Instability of the knee that doesn’t respond to rehabilitative therapy
  • Diminished quality of life caused by chronic ACL pain
  • Injury that extends to other parts of your knee
Physical Therapy for an ACL Tear

At High Mountain Orthopedics, Our physicians and physical therapists work as team to create treatment programs that are unique to each patient. The goal of a physical therapy exercise program is to help each patient reach the highest level of function possible. We employ a variety of noninvasive physical therapy approaches to benefit our patients, including:

  • Heat therapy
  • Cold treatments
  • Ultrasound technology
  • Whirlpool therapy
  • Paraffin treatments
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Mechanical traction

The exact combination of physical therapy treatments used for each patient is determined by the physician’s evaluation and recommendations. 

Schedule An Appointment Today

The skilled physicians at High Mountain Orthopedics are here to help you recover as quickly as possible from an ACL tear as well as other types of orthopedic injuries. Call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (973) 595-7779 to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. You’re also welcome to ask questions or leave comments through our online contact form any time, and someone will get back to you with answers as quickly as possible.

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