ACL Injury

Treatment for ACL Injury in Kansas City

ACL, MCL, LCL, & PCL injuries in Kansas City.

The knee is comprised of our main ligaments that function as stabilizers for the knee joint. These ligaments include the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL). The cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL) are responsible for controlling forward and backward translation of the shin bone, while the collateral ligaments (MCL and LCL) stabilize the knee with side to side force at the knee. All four ligaments aid in controlling rotation of the knee. Any one of these ligaments can be injured in high level athletes or people participating in sports recreationally. The most commonly injured ligaments of the knee are the ACL and MCL.

ACL Injury Symptoms

Symptoms of an ACL injury may include:

  • Swelling
  • Unable to fully bend or straighten the knee
  • Muscle aches
  • Feeling of instability in the knee or feeling like the knee is going to give out
  • Weakness

Treatments for ACL Injuries

Due to anatomy and development of kids and adolescents, teenage females are most at risk for injury to a knee ligament. Prevention is key for high school athletes when it comes to knee sprains, focusing on proper muscle activation and muscle balance, especially between the hamstrings and the quadriceps. In addition, hip strength and control of the thigh also play a major role in knee stability.

Treatment for knee ligament injuries depends on the severity of the injury. With a mild-to-moderate grade 1 or 2 sprain, conservative treatment for an ACL injury, such as those provided at F.I.T., can get you back on your feet and return you to your normal activities and sports. Grade 3 sprains are more likely to require surgical intervention, however, not all tears need surgery. Even with a complete rupture of a ligament people are able to adapt and perform their normal daily activities with the help of physical therapy and rehabilitation.

If you have concerns regarding whether surgical intervention is your best course of treatment, we encourage you to speak to your doctor; the providers at FIT are sure to offer you our best recommendations when it comes to orthopedists.

Our Treatment Process

F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic will focus on first and foremost minimizing pain and swelling while achieving full knee range of motion. We utilize a variety of techniques such as A.R.T., dry needling, and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (“Graston”) in the early stages of your injury to reduce soft tissue restrictions. As treatment for your ACL Injury progresses, our doctors will emphasize not only normalizing your walking again, improving your strength and control of the leg, but we will maximize overall function of your whole body to return you to your pre-injury level.

Should you receive surgery, FIT is here for your entire course of rehab – as soon as two to three days following your intervention. Our physical therapists are highly trained in post-operative care, from changing your wound dressings to restoring range of motion and returning you to the field of play or just the field of life. A normal course of post-surgical therapy for an ACL repair is 4 to 6 months, which can vary depending on your goals and what you are looking to get back to. We emphasize normal joint mechanics and tissue pliability surrounding the knee in the early stages, and progress to gross strength and sports performance once all tissue is healed. We are in the business of getting you back to the speed of life as quickly as we can.

Treatments for ACL Injuries

Rehabilitation Exercises

Dry Needling

Post-Operative Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

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