How is an ACL Tear Treated?
The treatment for an ACL injury will vary based on the severity of the injury itself and whether or not there is damage to other areas of the knee. The aim of treatment is to reduce pain and swelling and restore stability and motion back into the knee.
Some ACL injuries can be treated with a combination of ice, heat, rest, elevation, and avoidance of certain activities. Some ACL injuries may benefit from physical therapy to strengthen the knee and increase range of motion.
In more severe cases where the ACL is completely torn, or stretched beyond its natural limits, surgery is usually the best option to restore normal function to the knee. The treatment of choice is an arthroscopic ACL reconstruction where the ligament is replaced with a graft. There are many graft options and Dr. Padalecki will discuss the pros and cons of each graft during your visit.
What is the Recovery Time After ACL Tear Surgery?
A rehabilitation program will be prescribed at your first post-operative visit with Dr. Padalecki. Initially, the therapy will focus on returning motion back to the injured knee and surrounding muscles. After that is achieved, you will follow a progressive strengthening program to protect the new ligament. With proper and careful treatment, you will be able to resume normal activities within six to nine months.
For more information on an anterior cruciate ligament injury, or for additional details on ACL tear treatment, please contact the office of Dr. Jeffrey Padalecki, knee specialist in Austin, Texas.