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ACL Tear

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is a common injury that can occur during sports activities, such as basketball, soccer, or skiing, or from a sudden twisting motion of the knee. This type of injury can be debilitating and may require extensive rehabilitation to recover. At our physiotherapy clinic, we have helped many patients recover from ACL tears and return to their normal activities with the help of physiotherapy and custom braces.

graphic of ACL tear

What is an ACL tear?

 

The ACL is one of four ligaments that stabilize the knee joint. It connects the thighbone to the shinbone and helps to keep the knee stable during movement. An ACL tear occurs when the ligament is stretched or torn, usually as a result of a sudden twisting or bending motion of the knee. This injury can cause pain, swelling, and instability of the knee joint.

Kinoveo Physiotherapy -therapist measuring patient's knee range of motion in kanata

How can physiotherapy help?

 

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process for an ACL tear. At our clinic, our physiotherapists work with patients to develop a personalized treatment plan to address their specific needs. Treatment often includes exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee, improve range of motion, and restore stability to the joint.

 

Strengthening exercises are essential to help regain the function of the knee and prevent future injuries. Initially, exercises may focus on improving the patient’s range of motion and reducing inflammation in the knee. As the patient progresses, the exercises will become more challenging and focus on strengthening the muscles around the knee.

Our physiotherapists may also use manual therapy techniques such as massage, stretching, and joint mobilization to help reduce pain and improve mobility. They will also provide education on proper body mechanics and techniques for preventing future injuries.

How can custom braces help?

 

Custom braces are another important tool in the recovery process for an ACL tear. These braces are designed to provide support and stability to the knee joint while allowing for mobility and flexibility. They can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation in the knee, and provide a sense of security to the patient as they recover.

 

At our clinic, we work with patients to design custom braces that are tailored to their specific needs. Our braces are made from high-quality materials that are comfortable to wear and provide maximum support to the knee joint. They are also adjustable, so they can be customized as the patient progresses through their rehabilitation program.

Patient with a custom made knee brace from kinoveo physiotherapy clinic in Kanata

Conclusion

 

An ACL tear can be a painful and debilitating injury, but with the right treatment, it is possible to recover and return to normal activities. Physiotherapy and custom braces are two essential tools in the recovery process for an ACL tear. At our physiotherapy clinic, we have helped many patients recover from ACL tears and get back to the activities they love. If you are experiencing knee pain or have suffered an ACL tear, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a consultation.

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