Five steps for ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) rehabilitation at Physio Knecht in Joondalup

ACL injury and rehabilitation at physio knecht in Joondalup

Step one: Immediate Post-Injury Care (0-2 Weeks)

  • Objective: Reduce pain and swelling, protect the knee, and begin gentle movement.
  • Actions:
    • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) to manage swelling and cold laser thereapy.
    • Use crutches or a brace to stabilize and protect the knee.
    • Gentle range-of-motion exercises to prevent stiffness.
    • Pain management with medication if needed.

Early Rehabilitation (2-6 Weeks)

  • Objective: Regain knee mobility and begin strengthening.
  • Actions:
    • Gradual increase in range-of-motion exercises.
    • Begin isometric strengthening exercises (e.g., quadriceps sets, hamstring sets).
    • Continue using ice and compression as needed.
    • Introduce low-impact activities like stationary cycling.

Strengthening Phase (6-12 Weeks)

  • Objective: Increase muscle strength and stability around the knee.
  • Actions:
    • Progressive resistance exercises targeting the quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip muscles.
    • Balance and proprioception exercises (e.g., single-leg stands, balance boards).
    • Functional exercises to simulate daily activities.
    • Gradual reduction in the use of knee brace and crutches.

Advanced Strengthening and Functional Training (3-6 Months)

  • Objective: Prepare for a return to normal activities and sports.
  • Actions:
    • Advanced strength training (e.g., lunges, squats, leg presses).
    • Plyometric exercises (e.g., jumping drills) to improve power and agility.
    • Sport-specific drills to simulate movements required in the patient’s sport.
    • Continued focus on balance and proprioception.

Return to Sport/Activity (6-12 Months)

  • Objective: Safely return to sports or high-level activities.
  • Actions:
    • Functional testing to assess readiness (e.g., single-leg hop test, agility tests).
    • Gradual reintroduction to sport-specific activities and full participation.
    • Ongoing strength and conditioning program to maintain knee stability and prevent re-injury.
    • Psychological readiness assessment and support, if necessary.

Working closely with Ursula Knecht, your sports Physio and rehab specialist, is crucial.

This ensures a speedy recovery process, proper progression, and prompt addressing of complications.

Each individual’s recovery timeline can vary based on factors like the severity of the injury, the type of surgery (if any), and the patient’s overall health and fitness level.

Michelle NeugebauerMichelle Neugebauer
03:49 10 Jun 22
I went to Ursula due to pain in my left shoulder blade muscle. By the time I finally made an appointment with Ursula the pain had expanded all the way up and down the left side of my body. Ursula listens carefully and then knows exactly what to do to relieve the pain and attack the problem areas. One can tell that she has many years of experience. I highly recommend her.Thank you Ursula!
Rob PhillipsRob Phillips
13:25 01 May 22
Ursula has great expertise in physiotherapy. She understands how the different parts of the body interact with each other, and how to get those body parts working in harmony. In addition, she gives your treatment enough time to be effective, instead of cutting treatment off after the regulation 20 minutes.
Bob DuncanBob Duncan
12:18 16 Mar 22
I have had a few treatments with Ursula and have big improvements. she is by far the best physio I have been to. She is very knowledgeable, professional and explains everything in a way I can understand.
Jenni MetcalfJenni Metcalf
06:28 10 Jan 22
I cannot recommend Ursula at Physio Knecht Joondalup highly enough. She take time to talk through and understand your issues. After months of pain with my shoulder, after only a couple of sessions I am feeling 100% better, I wish I had gone sooner.
Andre VilleminAndre Villemin
06:46 29 Oct 21
Highly recommend Physio Knecht.They listen to your issues and you get a honest and confident response.Goes out of there way to get exercise equipment which I would have had to organise myself.Up to date with the latest rehabilitation techniques