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ACL Physio

ACL Physio London

Anterior Cruciate Ligament

ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) health is a specialised field dedicated to treating knee injuries and related conditions.

Our experienced team of expert practitioners effectively treat individuals including athletes, ranging from young athletes to older adults. ACL health practitioners alleviate various conditions associated with the anterior cruciate ligament, such as injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, knee pain, and instability. Furthermore, they frequently assist individuals in avoiding unnecessary surgeries or additional complications.


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What to expect on your first appointment

On your first appointment, our specialists will tailor the treatment based on your presented complaints and needs. Although discussing delicate health issues can be challenging, understanding the onset of your symptoms and how they have affected your everyday life is crucial in determining the appropriate course of action.

A physical assessment will be done. We will thoroughly discuss the assessment findings with you and create a treatment plan based on your symptoms and our results.


What you need to know about ACL


The most frequently asked questions about ACL

What is the role of the ACL in the knee joint?

The ACL resists anterior tibial translation and rotational loads, providing stability and preventing excessive tibial rotation and varus/valgus stresses

How common are ACL injuries & who is more susceptible to them?

ACL injuries are relatively common, particularly among athletes. Females are two to eight times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than males.

What are the goals of ACL rehabilitation before surgery (prehabilitation)?

Prehabilitation aims to strengthen muscles, increase range of motion, and promote healing in the injured knee before ACL reconstruction surgery. It also focuses on minimizing pain, reducing swelling, and developing quadriceps control and strength

How long does ACL rehabilitation take?

The duration of ACL rehabilitation varies depending on various factors such as the individual’s progress, the surgical technique used, and the specific rehabilitation protocol. It generally takes several months to achieve full recovery and return to sports activities.

What evidence supports the effectiveness of prehabilitation exercises?

Research from the MOON Knee Group, an ACL research consortium, has shown that prehabilitation exercises improve outcomes after ACL surgery. Prehab can help optimize knee function and strength before surgery, leading to better rehabilitation outcomes

What are some common prehabilitation exercises for ACL injuries?

Examples of prehabilitation exercises include quad sets, short arc quads, hamstring curls, hip abduction exercises, balance training, and proprioception exercises. These exercises aim to restore normal knee range of motion, improve muscle strength, enhance hip stability, and maximize balance and proprioception.

What precautions should be taken to manage discomfort and swelling before ACL surgery?

Managing discomfort and swelling before surgery involves techniques such as crutch use, ice application, leg elevation, and rest. These measures help control swelling, inflammation, and pain in the injured knee.

What are the phases of ACL rehabilitation after surgery?

ACL rehabilitation typically consists of several phases that progress over time, addressing different goals and exercises specific to each phase. The specific phases may vary depending on the rehabilitation program, but they generally include early post-operative, intermediate, advanced, return-to-sport, and maintenance phases.

What are the options for ACL injury management?

ACL rehabilitation can be pursued through conservative (non-surgical) or surgical approaches, depending on the severity of the injury and the individual’s goals.

What are the key factors for successful ACL rehabilitation?

Factors that contribute to successful ACL rehabilitation include compliance with the rehabilitation program, active participation in physical therapy, following surgeon and therapist instructions, maintaining good communication with the healthcare team, and gradually returning to sports activities based on medical guidance and readiness.

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