The Optimal ACL Injury Journey and Key Considerations

The Optimal ACL Injury Journey and Key Considerations

By Jackson McKellar 

You are sitting in a doctors clinic and you have just received the news that you have torn your ACL. With so many questions running through your head and no answers, the future seems bleak and uncertainty overwhelms you.

If you are finding yourself in this situation, this article is for you. Hopefully we can shed some light on the many questions you may have and make a big difference for you.

As an athlete, tearing your ACL more often than not results in a reconstruction and spells the end of your sporting season. It’s not uncommon to feel alone and confused about what lay ahead, as most athletes are ushered straight into the surgeon’s office!

“The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major stabiliser of the knee and is commonly injured during fast non-contact change of directions while playing sport.”

Given the ACL’s role as a primary stabiliser, surgery is often recommended for athletes wanting to get back to change of direction/pivoting based sports.

The common series-of-events for someone that as torn their ACL is a visit to their GP, who refers them for a scan to confirm the injury and then off to a specialist surgeon for management.

This seems like a logical pathway however unfortunately this takes time and despite the inevitable required surgery, there is lots that can be done prior to surgery to improve pain, normalise movement and improve results and outcomes post surgery!

“When early movement and strength isn’t commenced in the early stages by an experienced practitioner, then the muscles around the knee begin to undergo disuse atrophy. This can at times make the knee feel more unstable and can often lead to delays post-operatively in returning to walking and normal function.”

Early implemented Physiotherapy programs targeted at restoring range of motion and normalising the walking pattern have been shown to be highly effective before surgery at improving pain, range of motion and improved outcomes following surgery.

If you want to best maximise your outcomes and ensure you have done everything in your power to get the results you are looking for then make sure you see an experienced professional EARLY!

At Stride, in order to bring about more confidence and maximise the outcomes for all that we see, we have created our Move Well Get Stronger Programs.

These programs are unique and allow us to see our clients multiple times a week for the cost of a single session, maximising success and results through regular contact.

In addition to this, our 200% money-back guarantee means that if you don’t see the value then we will give you your money back. We are so confident in the results we get with our clients that we are not in the business of taking anyone’s money shall they not be happy!

So if you’ve read this far and are interested in being Stride’s next success story and want to join the hundred’s of people we are helping monthly, Click below to make an appointment with one of our experienced team members or call 03 9370 0345.




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