Anterior cruciate ligament is one of the most important structure of knee which is known to stabilize the knee that prevents the knee from sliding away in extreme movements / activities.
It is a structure that runs diagonally in the knee joint for stability and gets injured in movements like a sudden change in direction or pivot action at the knee. ACL is mostly injured in contact sports like Football, Basketball, Tennis, etc.
Injuries of ACL can be in the form of either sprain or tear. ACL injuries can be treated depending on various factors such as activity levels and severity of the injury. You may or may not require surgery. Irrespective of the surgery, an ACL injury requires Rehabilitation which plays a vital role in getting back to the daily living activities or Returns to Sport.
Rehabilitation basically helps in achieving full mobility while helping in regaining the knee strength. Moreover, the rehabilitation helps in preventing recurrent injury to the same structure and preventing the structures around to get prone to injury.
Physical therapist helps you focus on Pain relief and strengthen ACL and the surrounding structures at the same time. If you have surgery done, your physical therapist will help you strengthen your knee while letting you focus on getting back to your full ranges of the knee and balance effectively. For an athlete, going back to the sport after injury becomes difficult to get back in the same form as before, hence rehabilitation plays a very important role. The physical therapist understands the requirement of an athlete and helps you with tailor-made rehabilitation aimed to achieve the vital elements with respect to an individual sport.