Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury rehab

Stef’s Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Treatment

Stef Yeh is one of our fantastic Physio’s here at Enhance Physiotherapy. She started at the Mandurah clinic earlier this year after moving from Melbourne. She has always been a keen sportsperson and in the past has played soccer at an elite level. Shortly after starting work here in Perth she ruptured her right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while playing a social soccer match. Stef has kindly granted us permission to follow her recovery with a series of blogs to give us an insight into the rehab protocol after a major injury. We’ve asked Stef to describe her injury for us:

‘’A few months ago after moving from Melbourne to Perth, I injured my knee following an awkward tackle while playing soccer. During the incident, I felt my knee pop and immediately knew something wasn’t right. After being assessed by my wonderful colleagues I was off for an MRI scan. Results showed that I had a complete rupture of my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)”

Complete anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures typically require surgery where a graft is taken of the hamstring tendon or the patella tendon and is this is used to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) to support the knee. This injury also has a long recovery time, usually in excess of 12 months to return to sport. In order to return to sport the person needs to undergo a long period of rehabilitation to increase the strength in the muscles around the knee to a level where they are strong enough to prevent re-injury.

Post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Operation Recovery
Post Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Operation – Enhance Physiotherapy

Stef had a right anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction six weeks ago:

“Immediately after the operation I was able to put weight on my leg with minimal support. I returned home from hospital the next day and spent about two weeks resting and focusing on swelling and pain management. I am now up and moving about and have already gone back to work. Although walking can be slow and frustrating, I have actually had very little pain. However, I have lost a lot of strength in my right leg and I can see an obvious change in the size of my leg muscles compared to my left leg. Currently my rehab goals are focussed on getting full movement in my knee and doing some gentle muscle exercises.”

Although it’ll be a long time before Stef is able to play soccer again, she is already making great progress with her rehabilitation and her strength is improving every week! We will keep you updated on Stef’s progress. A big thanks to Stef and we wish her a good recovery!

Ankle injuries in sport

Ankle Injuries

If you play sport – especially a fast paced, high energy sport there’s a good chance that you or someone in your team has twisted their ankle during a game or training in the past.

Typically ankle injuries will occur as a non-contact injury when the athlete is pivoting, landing or changing direction on one leg. The most common type of ankle sprain is called a supination injury – where the foot will roll inwards.  This causes pain and inflammation to occur on the outside of the ankle. ankle injuries

The initial management of ankle injuries is often quite good.  This includes icing the affected area (20mins on/40mins off), elevation of the leg above the heart, compression and rest.

However, people playing at an amateur level often tend to manage their injury by themselves. They usually wait until the ankle feels a bit better to run on and then return to their sport.

The problem with this type of management is that it makes the athlete much more susceptible to re-injuring the ankle. The ankle becomes unstable, and in most cases the athlete will continue to re-injure their ankle during the rest of their playing career.

With good management of the ankle injuries, this can be easily avoided. An essential part of the management of every ankle injury is having a Physiotherapy assessment.

Your Enhance Physio can assess the extent of the ankle injury and facilitate the initial healing response.  After that, we will provide exercises to train the muscles of the lower leg and foot to act as stabilisers during activity.  This means the likelihood of re-injury is much lower.

Although acute injury management in sport is important, what happens after that is the key to successful return to sport.

Injury prevention is always better than injury management so make sure you are physically prepared to return to the demands of competitive sport after your next injury!

What is physiotherapy?

A lot of people ask the question, what exactly is physiotherapy?  It is a type of therapy that sets us apart from Massage Therapy or Chiropractic treatment and why Enhance Physiotherapy can be a perfect fit for you.

The aim of any Physiotherapy is to restore proper function of the affected body part as well as restoring correct movement to protect you from injury recurrence.

Typically your Physiotherapy session will involve some questions, a physical assessment and hands on treatment by your physiotherapist. This will involve treatment aimed at lengthening tight muscles, releasing stiff joints, restoring function and  assisting weak muscles along with an exercise component – aimed at strengthening muscles and restoring normal movement patterns.physiotherapy mandurah como canningvale

The exercise component of our treatment is what sets Physiotherapy apart from other health professions. The exercises prescribed during your treatment session will be key in the long-term management of your condition. These exercises are designed individually for you and your injury to prevent injury recurrence and allow you to manage your condition long term.

At Enhance Physiotherapy, we believe that our thorough assessment will lead to individually tailored treatment to return you to sport or life quickly and effectively. Our physiotherapists conduct a thorough assessment to give us an excellent understanding about not only your diagnosis, but contributing factors, possible barriers to recovery and risks that could affect you re-injuring yourself.

Our physiotherapists are able to individualise our treatment to best suit you. We also will design an exercise rehabilitation program specifically for you to ensure that you get the best long term solution. Our physiotherapists are highly skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated to ensuring every patient has the best care.

Our three locations at Mandurah, Canning Vale (Thornlie) and Como ensure it is easy to make an appointment with any of our top physiotherapists.