Those who play football, soccer, and basketball are no stranger to a torn ACL. You had a feeling you had done something serious when your knee gave out with a terrible pop. The pain was so severe by the next day that you had to get help. You knew the swelling was a problem too. You went to the doctor because you could barely walk on your injured knee. Now that you know what is wrong, it’s time to think about your torn ACL treatment options.
Surgery Is the Most Common Treatment
In most cases, you are going to need surgery to repair the damage to your ligament. If you have damaged more than one ligament, surgery is definitely going to be the route to take. You may also need repair for your cartilage. The most common approach is to remove the ligament that has been damaged. Reconstruction is next as a piece of tendon is used to repair the damages. Once your surgery is over, you will need physical therapy to rehabilitate your knee. If you are young, you are extremely active, or you want to get back to your favorite sport, surgery can give you positive results.
Physical Therapy and a Brace May be Enough
If you are older, you are no longer going to participate in your sport, or your tear is not that severe, our doctor may recommend a conservative approach. You will be sent for physical therapy sessions to strengthen your knee. This will also help you to learn new ways of using your knee to avoid additional damage. A knee brace will give you the support you need. You can take anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
What to Do Immediately After Your Injury and Surgery
Whether you have just injured your ACL or you are recovering from your surgery, here are some important steps you can take to care for your knee. Be sure to ice it. Get rest. Elevate it. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers.
Talk to Our Doctor About Treatment Options
You can’t leave your torn ACL alone. You need a solution from Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates, Inc. that will bring you relief. We have locations in Plymouth, Duxbury as well as Sandwich, MA. Contact us today to schedule an appointment where you can learn more about your torn ACL treatment options. Relief is in your future.