Goal: A quiet knee – Minimal pain and swelling
There are six phases to ACL rehabilitation
The six phases are:
Pre-op Phase: Injury recovery & readiness for surgery
Phase 1: Recovery from surgery
Phase 2: Strength & neuromuscular control
Phase 3: Running, agility, and landings
Phase 4: Return to sport
Phase 5: Prevention of re-injury
What causes ACL Injury
- Typical: Valgus stress (landing, cutting, contact from lateral side)
- Non-contact ACL injuries occur within 30–100 m/sec from initial contact of the foot onto the ground
- Atypical: Hyperextension
What will ACL injury feel like?
- “Pop” or “crack”
- Sharp sudden onset of pain
- Swelling within 2hrs
- Feelings of instability and giving way
- Unable to play on
How long does ACL rehabilitation take?
- Biological and physiological healing can take up to 18 months to 2 years to achieve baseline knee health:
- Full maturation of the ACL graft
- Resolution of bone bruises
- Restoration of knee joint position sense (proprioception/balance)
- Restoration of neuromuscular control
- Restoration of knee strength
Why see a chiro for knee pain?
Generally speaking, as a chiropractor we see poorly managed knee pain cases. Chronic knee pain and humans that haven’t stuck to their rehabilitation protocols.
At Auckland Health and Performance, we treat the whole human and love problem knees. We are the local botany and Howick chiro. If you need of a second opinion or a refocussed knee rehabilitation program get in touch today. We’d love to get you back better, stronger and fitter.