An audible popping or cracking sound is sometimes reported at the time of injury and there is usually but not always diffuse swelling around the knee which builds over the subsequent 24hrs after injury. Severe pain with bending movements and symptoms of giving way and locking at the knee joint are common complaints.
There are two treatment options following an ACL rupture, conservative non-surgical rehabilitation or surgical intervention followed by a lengthy post-operative rehabilitation protocol. For ACL patients who are not looking to return to high level sport, or sports that require cutting and twisting movements, and/or not willing to undergo surgery, conservative treatment is often the best option. However for most athletes looking to return to their sport surgical intervention is required. It is important to understand that the rehabilitation process following ACL reconstruction is a mandatory nine months before an athlete returns to full play. Our Chartered Physiotherapists are very experienced in ACL rehabilitation and will fully rehabilitate you back to full fitness and sport.