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What are the treatments for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

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In brief: Treatment of anterior cruciate ligament injury

The doctor will help you to control knee pain and swelling at acute phase of the injury.
These can be done by:
• Rest: immobilization with brace or splint will help to ease the pain in first few day after the injury.
• Ice therapy: cools the injured knee to control pain and swelling.
Compression: using bandage, stockinet or soft knee brace can help controlling swelling.
Elevation: to control leg swelling.
Physiotherapy: physiotherapist will design treatment modalities to relieve your symptoms.
• Medications: analgesics will be prescribed by the doctor to ease your pain.


There are 2 subsequent management strategies for ACL injury: conservative and operative management.


Conservative management:
Non-operative management will aim at regaining full knee range and muscular strength. The doctor will collaborate with physiotherapist to design an optimal rehabilitation program for you.


Operative management:
The doctor will use autologous tendon or ligament graft to reconstruct your severed anterior cruciate ligament. The common grafts are hamstring tendon and patellar bone-tendon-bone graft.


Rehabilitation management:
Rehabilitation usually takes months to complete. These include knee range of motion exercise, muscular strengthening exercise and agility training.

In brief: Treatment of anterior cruciate ligament injury

The doctor will help you to control knee pain and swelling at acute phase of the injury.
These can be done by:
• Rest: immobilization with brace or splint will help to ease the pain in first few day after the injury.
• Ice therapy: cools the injured knee to control pain and swelling.
Compression: using bandage, stockinet or soft knee brace can help controlling swelling.
Elevation: to control leg swelling.
Physiotherapy: physiotherapist will design treatment modalities to relieve your symptoms.
• Medications: analgesics will be prescribed by the doctor to ease your pain.


There are 2 subsequent management strategies for ACL injury: conservative and operative management.


Conservative management:
Non-operative management will aim at regaining full knee range and muscular strength. The doctor will collaborate with physiotherapist to design an optimal rehabilitation program for you.


Operative management:
The doctor will use autologous tendon or ligament graft to reconstruct your severed anterior cruciate ligament. The common grafts are hamstring tendon and patellar bone-tendon-bone graft.


Rehabilitation management:
Rehabilitation usually takes months to complete. These include knee range of motion exercise, muscular strengthening exercise and agility training.
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