ACL Injuries2019-08-31T08:13:15+00:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

ACL Injuries

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur more commonly in athletes than in the general population, are three times more likely to occur in women than in men, and are more frequently seen as a non-contact injury. The ACL is a very important ligament which stabilises the knee joint and prevents excessive forward translation of our shin bone (tibia) on our thigh bone (Femur). Athletes involved in sports which require landing and/or cutting movements at speed are at higher risk of ACL tears as this is typically the associated mechanism of injury. There is often accompanying damage to the medial meniscus (knee cartilage) and/or medial collateral ligament (MCL) following an ACL injury.

Symptoms

An audible popping or cracking sound is sometimes reported at the time of injury and there is usually but not always diffuse swelling around the knee which builds over the subsequent 24hrs after injury. Severe pain with bending movements and symptoms of giving way and locking at the knee joint are common complaints.

Intervention

There are two treatment options following an ACL rupture, conservative non-surgical rehabilitation or surgical intervention followed by a lengthy post-operative rehabilitation protocol. For ACL patients who are not looking to return to high level sport, or sports that require cutting and twisting movements, and/or not willing to undergo surgery, conservative treatment is often the best option. However for most athletes looking to return to their sport surgical intervention is required. It is important to understand that the rehabilitation process following ACL reconstruction is a mandatory nine months before an athlete returns to full play. Our Chartered Physiotherapists are very experienced in ACL rehabilitation and will fully rehabilitate you back to full fitness and sport.

After a lifetime of playing sport, some of it serious and some not, I have picked up bumps and bangs along the way. Last year I started having problems with my knees and for my job that was a problem. Thankfully I was able to catch an appointment at Portobello Physio. After diagnosing me with hamstring tendonitis I was put on a conditioning programme that not only cleared up my knee trouble but has me way stronger so all those other bumps and bangs aren’t as bad either. I have had to go to physio a good bit over the years with my job and I can honestly say that the physio service at Portobello Clinic is one of the very best, couldn’t recommend it highly enough. A great place for sports people.

Michael Nugent Head Pro M.L.T.C Former Davis Cup Player

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