Now that the weather is warming up a little, we’re more inclined to spend more time outside. Whether we’re just relaxing on the patio or out playing sports, the warmer weather is a welcome relief from a long, cold winter. But starting a new sport always comes with a few risks. Whether you’re older or just a little out of practice, using muscles that haven’t been worked in a while can lead to extra strain. And that strain can lead to injuries. Keep reading to learn about ACL injuries and how to treat them.
Sports that are often linked to ACL injuries include those that keep you extra active. We’re not talking about a gentle morning walk. Team sports, with quick play, are commonly linked to ACL injuries. Basketball, soccer, football, gymnastics, downhill skiing, and volleyball are all commonly involved when it comes to ACL tears or injuries, so take care if you participate in any of those sports. A little extra caution can go a long way.
If you do happen to tear your ACL, there are two main ways to treat it. One way is to rest and let it heal on its own. The other way is to have surgery to repair your ACL. Both are good options, but for different types of people.
Treatment for a torn ACL may not need to include surgery. For those of us who aren’t very active, or those for whom surgery may be too risky, taking time to rest can encourage your ACL to heal itself. The non-surgical route may include weeks of staying off your leg, wearing a brace, icing and elevating the injured leg. Anti-inflammatory medication may also be recommended to help you heal.
A torn ACL may also require surgery (or it may be highly recommended to you). For those of us who are very active, athletic, or young, surgery may be the best option to help you get back on your feet. Especially if you have issues with your knee buckling, or if your knee is injured in numerous places, surgery will likely be better for you.
If you think you’ve torn your ACL and you’re looking for an expert opinion, don’t hesitate to reach out. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation.