You may need to walk with
crutches and use a knee immobilizer to keep your knee still for the first few
days after the injury.
Your knee will need to be checked by your
doctor. It's important to get treatment. If you don't, the injury may become a
long-lasting problem. There are two ways to treat the injury:
- Exercises and training, also called rehab. It
takes several months of rehab for your knee to get better.
Surgery. You and your doctor can decide if rehab is enough or if surgery is
right for you.
If you have surgery, you will also have several months of
Your treatment will depend on how much of the
ACL is torn, whether other parts of the knee are injured, how active you are,
your age, your overall health, and how long ago the injury occurred.
There are three main treatment goals:
- Make the knee stable if it is unsteady, or at
least make it stable enough to do your daily activities.
- Make your
knee strong enough to do all the activities you used to do.
the chance that your knee will be damaged more.
The best way to
prevent ACL injuries is to stretch and strengthen the leg muscles, especially
the front and back muscles of the thigh (quadriceps and hamstrings).
Here are other things you can do that may help prevent ACL injuries:
- Avoid wearing shoes with cleats in contact
- Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes.
- Avoid sports
that involve lots of twisting and contact.