Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is an all too common knee injury in athletes participating in sports like soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, snowboarding and skiing. Your ACL is a key structure to provide rotational stability to the knee. It also prevents your tibia (shin bone) from translating forward in front of the femur (thigh bone). ACL injury can occur when an increased force, usually rotational, occurs at the knee joint during non-contact maneuvers, such as pivoting or cutting. It can also occur via direct contact with another player on the field.
• Loss of muscle control
• Knee weakness (giving out)
• Ankle instability
• Balance & stability deficits
• Decreased performance
• Pain & discomfort
While these symptoms are common among athletes, they are not normal and should be addressed by a qualified professional. If this sounds like you, click here to get help now.
A population becoming increasingly more affected is adolescent females, who are 4-6 times more likely than their male counterparts to rupture their ACL. Reasons for this discrepancy can often include adolescent females’ decreased neuromuscular control of lower limb biomechanics at the knee during pivoting, landing, and lateral movements. While this injury is more common among adolescent populations, it can occur at any age among individuals who exhibit decreased lower extremity stability and strength while performing sports and other high-level activities.
Various physical events (injury, illness, surgery, etc.) can disrupt your brain's capacity to switch on the right muscle, at the right time, and with the right amount of strength. Without the proper stability system, known as neuromuscular deactivation, this loss of muscle control impairs your ability to properly stabilize joints through their range of motion. Specifically in the knee joint, the ACL becomes more susceptible to increased stress and forces may exceed its capacity, leading to strain or rupture.
Proper training habits along with the ability of the athlete to perform the desired movements in a strong, efficient, and safe manner are essential for optimal health and pain-free performance.
The physical demands of athletes are uniquely different from the general population who do not engage in similar activity. Likewise, physical therapy for this special population should not be given a conventional approach. Working with athletes is typically not a big part of a physical therapist’s education. It is a specialty area requiring much further study, training, and practice following graduation.
At Activcore, you will be matched with a physical therapist who specializes in treating athletes. Unlike the "typical" PT who probably doesn't even play sports, you will have a specialist who knows exactly what you are going through.
Activcore physical therapists assess how you move as it relates to your sport. They apply a holistic approach to identify not only the site of injury, but the true source of any pain, weakness and dysfunction. Addressing the underlying cause is absolutely essential for healing an injury, preventing recurrence, and keeping you healthy and at a peak level of performance. The progression of your physical therapy treatments should be a reflection of the type of activity you are trying to get back to doing.
You will feel the Activcore difference from your first visit. This is a highly personalized experience delivered by a passionate movement expert fully dedicated to getting you back to the sport or training activity that you love. Once your pain has been addressed, you will have the opportunity to continue honing your movement through ongoing performance training at Activcore.
Learn about our 3-step recovery process for optimal movement health.
If you have been experiencing any knee, hip, ankle or even low back pain and participate in high-level sports, it is a good idea to see an Activcore physical therapist. We specialize in restoring neuromuscular control and movement. We utilize certain screens and testing to determine if you are at risk for an ACL injury. We can then create an individualized program to improve mobility, stability and strength in the core, hips and lower extremities. These programs can be especially critical to implement into youth sports programs as warm-ups to improve mechanics and reduce the risk of injury during games.
If you have undergone surgical repair, physical therapy is an imperative next step toward recovery. Early on in the recovery process, the focus is on pain control, range of motion, and gait training. As you move through the recovery timeline, the focus shifts to work on progressive strengthening and neuromuscular control. Balance exercises are critical to regaining stability and control of lower extremity movement. Late stage rehab should encompass sport specific and reactive movements, neuromuscular control, strength training, and cardiovascular fitness.
• Achilles strain / tear / tendinopathy
• ACL tear / repair / reconstruction
• Ankle pain
• Ankle sprain
• Arthroscopic surgeries
• Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
• Groin strain
• Hamstring strain/tear
• Hip labral tear
• Hip pain
• Hip trochanteric bursitis
• Impingement syndrome
• IT band syndrome
• Joint sprains
• Knee pain
• Labral tears
• Labral surgery
• Ligament injuries
• Low back pain
• Meniscus tear / repair
• Muscle strains
• Nerve injuries
• Osteochrondritis Dissecans
• Patellar tendonitis/tendinopathy
• Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)
• Postural dysfunction
• Quadriceps strain/tear
• Sports injuries
• Weak core muscles
"I am a very active person. I snowboard, lift weights, do yoga, dance, paddle board... you name it. So when I woke up the next day after snowboarding and couldn't bear any weight on my right knee, I was so worried. I immediately booked an appointment at Activcore, and they got right to work assessing my pain and creating a plan to get me back on the mountain as quickly and safely as possible. The Redcord system at Activcore is truly amazing, and their ability to talk me through the process and provide exercises that I could do on my own got me back on my snowboard in six weeks. I've never been more thankful to be healthy and active again. The price of this service is SO worth it, I'll be sending everyone I know to see them should they ever need it."
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