What is an ACL injury?

The ACL or the anterior cruciate ligament is a fibrous band in the knee that prevents excessive forward movement of the shinbone to the thigh. The ACL is one of the two crossing ligaments in your knee, which stabilize your knee joint.

Injury Causes

ACL injuries are common in athletes that participate in high impact sports, like soccer, basketball and football. These types of injuries are often caused by sudden movement changes such as pivoting, stopping or jumping. Physical contact to the outside of the knee can also cause someone to injure their ACL.

Injury Symptoms

There are a few common signs and symptoms to look for if you think you’ve injured your ACL, these are:

  • Hearing a popping noise during the injury
  • Swelling
  • Sudden knee pain
  • Feeling looseness in the knee
  • Limited range of knee motion

Injury Treatments

While an ACL tear will most likely require surgery, a Kinesiologist can help with pre and post-surgery therapy. When surgery is not needed for an ACL injury, a Kinesiologist can create a customized injury rehab plan to get your knee back to normal levels of function. The goal of ACL kinesiology treatment is to strengthen the muscles around the knee and improve balance and proprioception.

If you think you have an ACL injury and are in need of treatment from a qualified Kinesiologist – Fleming Fitness, leading fitness and injury rehab specialists in Ottawa, can help you! We have a team of certified Ottawa and Kingston Kinesiologists that are here to help you get back on track.

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