Managing an ACL injury recovery - part 3

If you’ve decided to have an ACL operation, here are a few tips from my own experience.

The current evidence strongly supports having a short period of time between ACL injury and ACL reconstruction. 4-6 weeks of ‘prehab’ has shown to result in improved outcomes following ACL reconstruction.

I’ve personally found this to be very effective and would advise that you discuss this with your surgeon and physiotherapist.

Focus on achieving full knee extension 

Focus on improving your ability to contract and activate your VMO 

Forget about time-frames

 Join a gym!

The main message I’d like to get across is that the decision making for ACL management must be individualised and made on a case-by-case basis. I’ve gone down both pathways, both with positive and negative experiences.

Finally, although it’s a pretty rough injury to deal with, it’s not the end of the world.

The rehabilitation process you’ll undertake to get back to the sport will help to reduce the risk of many other injuries associated with poor hip and knee stability.

If you’ve never done resistance training in your lifetime, you’re about to begin a form of exercise that will reduce your risk of osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, depression and lower back pain just to name a few.

If you have any questions about your ACL injury or rehabilitation, please feel free to ask me at [email protected].

Trust your physiotherapist and work closely with them. They are experts in injury rehabilitation and will get you to where you want to be.