It could be prehab or rehab, often this injury requires a high level of input to restore function and allow an individual to return to previous levels of activity.
Stuart’s experience with knee/ACL rehab is at the highest level. The process of restoring strength, mobility, and functionality to the knee after a person has suffered a tear or rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The rehab process typically involves a series of exercises, physical therapy, and other treatments aimed at improving the knee’s stability and function. The rehab process can be lengthy, often lasting several months or longer, and may require ongoing maintenance to prevent future injury. It is important to work closely with a qualified healthcare provider, such as a physical therapist or sports medicine specialist, to ensure the best possible outcomes from ACL rehab.
ACL rehabilitation typically involves physiotherapy to help restore strength, flexibility, and stability to the knee after injury. The goal of ACL rehab is to return the patient to their pre-injury level of function and to prevent re-injury. Physiotherapy exercises may include:
1. Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes
2. Balance and stability exercises
3. Range of motion exercises to improve knee flexibility
4. Plyometric exercises to improve power and agility
5. Sport-specific drills to simulate movements in the patient’s sport or activity
The physiotherapist will work with the patient to develop an individualized rehabilitation plan that meets their specific needs and goals. The length and intensity of rehabilitation can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s progress.