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What is a Torn ACL?

A tear in the anterior cruciate ligament is known as ACL tear. It is one of the major ligaments in the knee. Athletes and women who wear high heels for long hours are likely to suffer from an ACL tear often. ACL tear is commonly witnessed in players related to soccer, football, cricket, basketball etc where sudden jumping, landing and other such body movements are required. The surgery to reconstruct a torn or injured ACL is known as ACL Reconstruction.

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ACL Reconstruction Recovery

Surgery healing takes 4 to 8 weeks.

Full recovery usually takes 4 to 9 months

Swelling after ACL Reconstruction

Swelling typically persists for 4 to 6 weeks.

Elevate your leg and apply ice packs to the knee, for 20-30 minutes every 2 hours.

Most common choices of graft for ACL reconstruction

Patellar tendon autograft

Patellar tendon allograft

Hamstring autograft

Quadriceps tendon autograft

Return to sports after ACL Reconstruction

Athletes can return to pivoting sports after 4 to 8 weeks

Athletes can return to regular sports after about 8 months. Make sure to take your orthopedic surgeon’s approval before returning to sports.

Causes

  • Landing awkwardly from a jump
  • Suddenly slowing down and changing direction
  • Stopping suddenly
  • Receiving a direct blow to the knee or collision, such as a football tackle

Symptoms

  • Rapid swelling
  • Severe pain and inability to continue activity
  • A loud 'pop' or a 'popping' sensation in the knee
  • Loss of range of motion
  • A feeling of instability or 'giving way' with weight bearing

ACL Tear Treatment in Bangalore

Physical examination for ACL-tear

Diagnosis of a torn ACL or ligament

During the physical examination, the doctor will check the swelling in the knee. The doctor may also ask you to change positions of the knee to check if the knee is functioning properly. The diagnosis, in most cases, can be done on the basis of the physical test alone, but if the injury looks severe, the doctor may ask you to take a few more tests such as – X-rays and MRI.

ACL Surgery in Bangalore

During the physical examination, the doctor will check the swelling in the knee. The doctor may also ask you to change positions of the knee to check if the knee is functioning properly. The diagnosis, in most cases, can be done on the basis of the physical test alone, but if the injury looks severe, the doctor may ask you to take a few more tests such as – X-rays and MRI.

The surgery to repair a torn ACL is known as ACL Reconstruction. During the process, the surgeon operates and removes the injured ligament and replaces it with a segment of tendon tissue. The tendon tissue works similar to that of a ligament which connects the muscle to bone.
The surgeon will use a piece of tendon from another part of the knee or a tendon from a deceased donor. After the surgery, the patient can resume a rehabilitative therapy course for recovery.

For recovery, you can do the following self care at home:

  • Icing
  • Proper rest
  • Use compression
  • Keep your knee in elevated position

You can visit our best orthopedic doctors in Bangalore and nearby cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and Hyderabad.

Our orthopedists specialise in Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Procedures such as arthroscopy, knee replacement, hip replacement, carpal tunnel release, spine surgery, rotator-cuff repair and shoulder dislocation treatment.

 

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Ashish Taneja

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics

17 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

ACL tear is one of the common orthopedic conditions among teenagers and sports player. And yet a common fear I encounter is, If I will be able to play sports again?. Well yes, you absolutely will. All my patients have. The only four pointers are- 1.) Early diagnosis, 2.)Timely treatment, 3.) A little rest, 4.)Basic physiotherapy. Once all four are met, you will be absolutely fine and fit to return to sports again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens when you ignore an ACL Tear?

Ligaments do not receive adequate blood supply to heal on their own. Therefore, ACL injuries do not heal on their own. If left untreated, they will progressively get worse and lead to:

Instability of the knee joint: An injured ACL joint cannot sustain any weight and progressively becomes more and more unstable till the knee becomes too unstable to even walk. Pain: ACL injuries are riddled with pain. Without treatment, the pain increases over time, and the knee swells up so much that the person starts having difficulty even moving it. Disability: Without due treatment, the knee joint permanently loses its ability to bend and straighten, leading to permanent disability. Arthritis: As the ligament cannot function properly in an ACL Tear, its functional load is born by the surrounding tissues such as bones, tendons, and muscles. This additional strain can promote arthritis development in many people.

Why should you get ACL reconstruction surgery at Pristyn Care?

Pristyn Care is one of the finest ACL surgery providers in Bangalore. We go to great lengths to ensure complete care and comfort for all patients. Some facilities provided at all Pristyn Care centers are:

  • Easy appointment booking: You can easily book an appointment at any Pristyn Care facility with the best knee specialists near you at your convenience.
  • Cab and meal facility: We provide cab and meal facilities for all patients on the day of the surgery to ensure their complete comfort.
  • Documentation and insurance help: Our care coordinators are always in touch with you throughout the treatment. They help with the documentation for hospital admission, insurance, and other stuff to ensure a seamless treatment journey.
  • Affordable treatment: To ensure that the treatment is completely affordable, we also provide patients 30% off on diagnostic tests, along with free rehabilitation therapy for some time.
  • Dedicated care buddy: Each patient is assigned a dedicated care buddy that takes care of them and ensures that their hospital stay is completed without any hurdles.

What does rehabilitation for ACL Tear for athletes entail?

Typically, rehabilitation for ACL injuries lasts for around 4-5 weeks, but since athletes put more strain on their joints, they need longer rehab periods for better movement and to prevent recurrence of the injury.

Rehabilitation for knee injuries mainly focuses on treating the injuring and providing the patient their desired range of motion for the joint. The treatment is performed with three goals in mind:

  • Stabilizing the joint to promote healing
  • Strengthening the joint to increase the range of motion of the joint
  • Increasing joint flexibility to decrease the chances of re-injury following the return to sports.

Most athletes can start training for their sports about 4-6 months after the surgery, but doctors recommend a full rehabilitation before they start participating in the sports again. The rehabilitation period can be divided into:

  • Phase 1: 3-4 months after surgery- Regain strength and improve the flexibility of the joint
  • Phase 2: 4-6 months after surgery- Low-level fitness and performance agility drills
  • Phase 3: 5-8 months after surgery- Jumping exercises
  • Phase 4: 6-9 months after surgery- Single-leg jumping exercises with sports-specific cutting
  • Phase 5: 9-12 months post-surgery- Steadily increase sports drills till former skill is achieved while focusing on preventing re-injury.
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