Clearwater Physical Therapy

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of the Knee

Injuries to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) are common in sports like basketball, soccer and skiing. Strains to this ligament are often treated without surgery with a course of physical therapy designed to improve strength and allow proper healing of the strain. If a patient suffers an ACL tear, he or she will often come to physical therapy pre-operatively for “PRE-hab” to reduce swelling and improve range of motion.  A few visits of physical therapy before surgery help the patients to be optimally ready to tolerate the procedure and recover more quickly.  Following repair of a torn ACL, patients often work with physical therapists for a few months to recover their ability to participate in their active lifestyles.