ACL tears often occur during high-impact activities that involve sudden changes in direction, pivoting, or jumping. When the ACL is torn, it disrupts the knee's stability, resulting in pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Conservative treatments like physical therapy may be attempted, but in cases of severe ACL damage, reconstruction surgery becomes necessary to restore stability and allow individuals to return to their active lifestyles.
The ACL Reconstruction Procedure
ACL reconstruction involves the replacement of the torn ACL with a graft, typically sourced from the patient's own tissue or a donor. The surgery is performed arthroscopically, using minimally invasive techniques. The surgeon makes small incisions to access the knee joint and uses specialized instruments to remove the damaged ligament. The graft is then positioned in the knee, mimicking the function of the original ACL. Over time, the graft integrates with the surrounding tissues, providing stability and support.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Post-surgery, a comprehensive rehabilitation program is crucial for successful recovery. Physical therapy aims to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the knee. Initially, the focus is on reducing swelling and regaining basic movements. As healing progresses, exercises and activities are gradually intensified to rebuild muscle strength and restore joint stability. Patients are typically advised to avoid high-impact activities for several months to allow the graft to fully heal.
Regaining Confidence and Returning to Activities
ACL reconstruction not only restores physical function but also plays a significant role in rebuilding confidence. With proper rehabilitation, individuals can resume sports and activities, knowing their knee is stable and protected.
ACL reconstruction is a valuable surgical procedure that restores stability, function, and confidence to individuals with ACL tears, enabling them to pursue their active lifestyles once again.
Dr. Weber and his team treat over 200 Los Angeles athletes and weekend warriors with ACL tears each year. We provide personalized treatment for all knee injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players to weekend skiers. If you are a patient with a knee injury in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.