Knee Ligament Injuries
A healthy knee is made up of various ligaments (ACL, MCL, LCL, PCL) that keep your knee stable. An injury to any of these ligaments could decrease your knee’s stability which leads to pain and decreased function. Your physician and physical therapist will communicate to determine if surgery is necessary or if function could be restored with conservative treatment.
Ligament damage typically occur in athletes following “contact” or “non-contact” injuries during sporting events. Ligament damage can also occur in middle- to older-aged adults following accidents or falls.
Whether or not you elect to have surgery; your physical therapist will work with you to design a unique treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. During the initial phases your physical therapist will work with you to decrease pain and reduce inflammation. Your physical therapist will then work with you to restore range of motion and strength with an end goal of restoring sport-specific function in order to get you back to your pain free hobbies.