Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL Tear)
If you have torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), then you will most likely have done it in the following way. You will have suffered a twisting injury to your knee whilst playing sport. You may have heard a “crack” sound during the injury. That was the sound of your ACL rupturing. You will have been immediately unable to continue playing due to the severity of your injury. A large swelling will have developed around your knee within half an hour of the injury. This is caused by your knee joint filling with blood. This swelling may have lasted for up to two weeks after your injury.
After your injury, you will find that your knee “gives way” from underneath you from time to time. This frequently occurs when using stairs. This instability happens because your ACL is no longer there to provide the stability it once did. An MRI scan can confirm your ACL tear and any other dysfunctions from the trauma.
Your decision to opt for surgery isn’t to be taken lightly. You will be on crutches for a couple of weeks after the procedure. Your rehabilitation period will continue for months after that. Generally surgery is advocated if you want to continue playing sports, because the instability, or “giving way” would otherwise hamper your performance.
At the Pain Relief Clinic here in Limerick City, our physical therapy approach brings effective relief to painful conditions and sport’s related injuries. Treatment is very successful treating acute injuries/painful flare-ups and also when confronting chronic long-standing and persistent conditions.
|Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears (Torn ACL)
On your first consultation, we will go over your full case history and also assess your painful condition or injury. Once we have identified the primary cause of your painful condition or injury we will approach this by treating the appropriate area. Your treatment is typically done through light clothing and is a hands-on approach. Your treatment typically involves applying pressure to your muscles that have been identified as being problematic in order to restore your musculature to normality. The pressure applied can vary from light to deeper pressure. However, patient comfort is the most important aspect and the degree of pressure utilised is dictated by your age and body-type. For example, the pressure used on a very old patient would be far lighter than the pressure used on a sport’s person in his twenties. In addition, some light work may also be carried out on your joints if necessary. You may also be given some exercise advice to help your rehabilitation.
Typical improvements that you will notice are:
- Decreased or eliminated pain
- Improved or fully-restored full range of motion
- Everyday activities that you had difficulty with, or were previously unable to do now become much easier to do.
“I couldn’t do any sort of training, and my knees were extremely painful. Some days I couldn’t even walk in the mornings. My pain was so bad I had to take time off work. Now, after treatment, I’m back running 40K a week and looking forward to competing the limerick marathon this summer. Morning pains are gone, knees are strong and I don’t have any hesitation putting them through their paces when I’m doing a workout. Found the service to be excellent. I was diagnosed quickly and understood my injury. Tony is well informed and has a variety of treatments and a wealth of experience to use, which he does successfully. I have referred friends and they have all had equally positive experiences.”
Alan Andrews, Raheen, Limerick
The Pain Relief Clinic is located above O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy in O’Connell Avenue in Limerick with parking outside. You can choose between morning-time, afternoon and late evening visits.
Hi there, my name is Tony Phelan & I’m a Registered Physical Therapist. I go to the USA every year for update courses ensuring that you avail from some of the best physical therapy treatments practiced in the world today in our Limerick clinic.
Your treatment is also covered by VHI, LAYA (formerly Quinn Healthcare), Hibernian Health Aviva and GloHealth. Your session also qualifies for MED-1 Form refund.
Take the first step towards resolving your painful condition or injury by calling us today to book your visit in Limerick on (061)467940 or (087)6250992. We look forward to seeing you and I hope that you enjoyed the information article.