ACL, three little letters that are notorious in the sports world. In the United States alone there are over 400,00 ACL repair procedures each year. Once you tear the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee your world will change forever. You will feel angry, upset, and nervous about what the future holds for you. Why did this happen to me? Why now? Will I ever play again? Will I hurt my knee again? All reasonable questions to ask. Your head is spinning. But it doesn’t have to be that way or stay that way. Not if you have the right physical therapist to guide you through this long and arduous process.
At the Excel North O’Fallon location we feel it is the responsibility of the physical therapist to provide a thorough and complete program for the patient in order to put them in the best position to succeed. We do this by using a progressive and systematic rehabilitation program that allows for some flexibility with each athlete. Included in this program are advanced strengthening exercises, neuromuscular reeducation, plyometrics, agility training, core strengthening, functional training and sport specific training.
Once the athlete approaches a return to sport, they are put through a battery of tests to ensure that the involved knee is close to the level of the uninjured knee. Research suggests that the surgically repaired knee perform to at least 90% of the uninjured knee during testing before returning to sport. We also do a complete and full biomechanical assessment that includes evaluating the athletes running form, jumping and landing form, and cutting/pivoting form. Studies have shown that neuromuscular deficits and functional limitations are common in athletes either due to preexisting abnormalities or because of subsequent surgery. All of this is done under video analysis so that we can slow down and break down the movements at trunk, hip, knee and ankle.
Again, we put a lot of time and effort into researching and developing new ways to treat our athletes and to get them back to where they want to be. When you choose us for your post-surgical rehabilitation, know that you are dealing with a group of experts you can trust. Call Brian Manning at the North O’Fallon clinic: (636)978-5255