Podcast oo3: Recovering from ACL Injury
In this edition, Peter Edwards, Senior Exercise Physiologist at HFRC, explains what commonly occurs with ACL damage and the optimal ways to recover from injury and / or surgery.
It is very common to hear of sportspeople damaging their ACL, especially in sports that require sudden stopping and pivoting such as AFL or netball.
While the current talk of the town among rehabilitation professionals is the role of conservative management via structured strength and conditioning following an ACL tear, typically for athletes who tear their ACL, they will require a full knee reconstruction.
The full reconstruction involves a surgeon removing the existing tissue and replacing it with a graft, often from the hamstrings or patella tendon. These surgeries require an overnight hospital stay, with a normal graft taking anywhere between 12 and 18 months to fully heal.
Rehabilitation commences immediately to regain motion and reduce swelling, and progresses quite rapidly to include cycling, strengthening exercises and balance exercises, usually under the supervision of an Exercise Physiologist.
At HFRC we recommend a 9 to 12 month rehabilitation and recovery program, and continuous functional assessment to guide proper return to sport decision making to reduce the risk of re-injury – as this can often happen on the same knee or even the other knee, if patients return to active sport too early or without proper conditioning.
Click here to see HFRC’s ACL Rehabilitation brochure.
For more information, please contact Peter Edwards from HFRC on
08 9386 9961. Or click here to make an appointment with Peter.
Note – Peter mentions relevant research papers in the podcast: