Four tips for using your ACL rehab exercises list

ACL Rehab Exercises List

Any time you suddenly stop while running or abruptly change direction, you’re at risk of hearing the pop that comes from injuring the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). These scenarios play out commonly across the country, and some reports claim that there are as many as 200,000 ACL injuries that occur every year in the U.S. 

Physical therapy is one treatment option commonly used in ACL recovery. It can help people recover from ACL injuries who don’t need surgery. Physical therapists can also help prepare the knee for surgery, and they can help you recover faster following surgery. When you’re getting help from a physical therapist, it’s likely that you’ll be given an ACL rehabilitation exercises list to use.

Four tips that can lead to more effective use of your ACL rehab exercises list

A list of rehabilitation exercises is one of the most commonly used physical therapy tools when you have an ACL injury. The exercises included in your list will be personalized to your needs. Your list will be designed to help you strengthen knee structures, and it’s intended to help improve joint mobility, flexibility and blood flow as well. The exercises are also intended to decrease knee pain. Here are four tips that can help you get the most out of your rehab exercises list: 

  1. Start at the beginning — Right after your injury or surgery, your knee will be sore and needs some time to recover. Isometric exercises are typically included in your ACL rehab exercises list because they don’t require much joint movement, but they still help increase muscle strength. Skipping these exercises can lead to more pain and an increased recovery time. 
  1. Go slow — Your therapist will design your plan so that you can progress steadily with your recovery. This process might need to be tweaked along the way, but you should avoid skipping steps in your recovery plan. Patients should also avoid rushing through recovery steps. A measured pace is intended to give your body the time it needs to heal, so go slow when you have to.
  1. Do exercises frequently — Your therapeutic exercise instructions will tell you how many repetitions of each exercise to do every day. Just because they say to do 30 total reps of an exercise daily doesn’t mean you have to do them all at once. Try doing your exercises more frequently throughout the day, such as in three sets of 10 reps. This can help cut down on fatigue during exercises and the amount of discomfort they might cause.
  1. Be aware of pain — A small amount of discomfort should be expected as you do your exercises. But there should never be a high level of pain while doing them, and you also shouldn’t experience a lot of pain after doing them. If you do experience pain during an exercise, stop doing it immediately. You should also contact your physical therapist. They can help you find ways to modify the exercise or suggest less painful alternatives.

ACL rehab exercises lists aren’t the only treatments Holland Physical Therapy offers

A solid list of ACL rehab exercises is a great tool for ACL injury recovery. Our team at Holland Physical Therapy can build you such a list, and we also use many other therapy methods to treat ACL injuries. Our team offers complimentary screenings designed to help us learn how your injury is affecting you. We use therapeutic exercises as part of a personalized therapy plan, and this plan may also include: 

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment to start treating your injured ACL.

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