ACL Injuries

Rigorous ACL Rehabilitation For Every Sport

You leap, make a catch or a kick and pop! You know that doesn’t sound good and it doesn’t feel good, either. When you land wrong making your spectacular move, you can barely stand from the pain in your knee. It’s the end of the game for you. Your doctor says you have a torn anterior cruciate ligament, otherwise known as an ACL injury, and it’s likely going to keep you on the bench for the rest of the season. 

No matter what sport you play, an athlete with an ACL injury can find it extremely difficult to return to their prior performance levels. Statistics show only about 63% of athletes with ACL tears return to their previous sports levels following surgery, and it takes them 12 to 18 months to achieve it. 

Our goal at True Sports Physical Therapy is to bring that return-to-sport percentage closer to 100%. To do this, we specialize in complete ACL rehab so that you don’t have to miss another season after an ACL injury.

Sports and ACL Injuries

Your ACL is a tough band of tissue that connects your thighbone to your shinbone and stabilizes your knee joint. It is vital to make proper leg movements for walking, running, jumping and kicking, which is why ACL injuries can be so debilitating for anyone, especially athletes. 

ACL injuries are classified three ways:

  • Grade 1: minor damage to the ACL, which is mildly stretched but the knee joint is not compromised
  • Grade 2: a stretched or partially torn ACL (rare)
  • Grade 3: a complete tear where the ACL can no longer stabilize the knee joint 

Adolescents may also experience a tibial spine avulsion ACL injury where the ACL itself is not torn, but rather, detaches from the leg bone. 

Sports-related ACL injuries usually occur when extreme stress is put on the knee from actions like cutting, pivoting, landing awkwardly and stopping suddenly or taking direct impact to the knee from falling or a collision. Since these movements are common to many different sports, nearly all athletes are at risk for ACL injuries. Participants in lacrosse, football, baseball and softball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics and skiing are at the highest risk, as are female athletes in general. Why? Studies indicate female athletes are two to 10 times more likely to have ACL tears than male athletes because women tend to move the tops of their bodies more when cutting and pivoting, causing  higher rotational force at the knee.

ACL injuries are extremely painful and debilitating. You usually know right away that something isn’t right. If you experience any of these symptoms while playing or practicing, you should stop immediately and seek medical treatment: 

  • A loud “popping” noise or sensation in your knee
  • Severe pain
  • Rapid swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Instability or feeling of “giving way” in your knee

Treatments and Surgeries for ACL Injuries

It is vital that you get medical treatment for any knee injury – ignoring one can cause permanent damage and prevent you from participating in sports ever again.  

If you are lucky enough to have a minor Grade 1 ACL injury, treatment may include immobilization or bracing of the knee, physical therapy and a gradual return to regular activities and eventually sports. Your doctor will discuss pain management options with you. This process can take up to six months. 

More severe ACL injuries like a tear will require surgery to reconstruct the ligament. Your surgeon will decide between less invasive arthroscopic surgery or open surgery, depending on the condition of your joint. The usual reconstruction method is to use a piece of tendon taken from elsewhere in your body to replace the damaged ACL.  

Following ACL surgery, physical therapy is necessary to keep the new ligament engaged and to develop normal range of motion and function. The recovery time is easily 12-18 months before you can play your sport again. Sadly, many athletes struggle to ever return to their prior playing condition unless they receive individualized treatment.

The True Sports Sweet Spot – Complete ACL Rehab

True Sports Physical Therapy knows how devastating it can be to be forced to the sidelines due to an ACL injury. That’s why we place such a great emphasis on complete ACL rehab in our physical therapy services.

Our therapists work daily with ACL pre-operative and post-operative patients to promote a quick return to high-level activities and sports. We have extensive knowledge and background in the proper treatment of ACL tears, ACL tears with a meniscus injury and multi-ligament injuries.  

We focus on aggressive management of ACL rehabilitation, using the latest research, manual therapy techniques, equipment and our extensive knowledge of exercise science to promote improved healing and recovery. 

Our one-on-one ACL rehab services allow us to focus on combating common issues such as lack of quadriceps activation, restoring range of motion, improving proprioception and return to sport-specific activities.  

Additionally, we stay in constant communication with doctors, surgeons, athletic trainers and strength coaches to ensure no details are missed during your ACL recovery. Our personalized approach to your rehabilitation not only rehabilitates your body, it prepares you to perform even better than before.  

All of our services are provided by our expert physical therapist specialists in one of our five state-of-the-art sports medicine facilities. No matter what your sport, skill level or injury, we have the tools, knowledge and experience to get you back to the sport you love with confidence. 

Schedule An Appointment Today

With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672. Contact us at your convenience by phone, 1-410-946-1672, or website message.

To save time when you arrive, complete our new patient form online or download our new patient packet and bring a completed copy with you to your first appointment. We work with most health insurance organizations. Please call our office at 1-401-946-1672 and our admin team will verify your insurance plan or ask us about our Self Pay rates.

The True Test - Expert Injury Prevention

CrossFit is about pushing the limits of your physical abilities, not breaking them. When you’ve taken your body too far and find yourself in pain, the CrossFit experts at True Sports Physical Therapy can guide you through a rehabilitation plan that relieves your pain and educates you on how to perform better so that you are no longer as susceptible to injury. We help you make the most of your CrossFit training and reach your goals faster and safer than before.

At True Sports Physical Therapy, we help CrossFit enthusiasts of all levels train and return to the sport they love by supporting them through recovery from athletic injuries and practicing safe exercise techniques to prevent future injuries. 

Using poor form, performing repetitive motions and overworking your body are all common mistakes made by CrossFitters that can lead to injury. Consequently, at True Sports, we often see CrossFit athletes who are suffering from:

  • Low back pain
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Thoracic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Plantar fasciitis pain
  • Hip impingement

All of these conditions can keep you from reaching your fitness goals, not to mention enjoying normal daily activities. It is important to take a break and seek treatment for all types of pain and injuries before returning to CrossFit training. True Sports can help.

We specialize in helping athletes understand their bodies so they can pursue their fitness goals safely and successfully. Our True Sports therapists combine their knowledge of anatomy and physiology with your drive for success to create a custom plan for your rehabilitation and conditioning so you can return to your CrossFit training faster and more ready than ever.

We look at your favorite CrossFit exercises, the injuries you have sustained and your risk of further injury and complications. 

Our CrossFit physical therapy experts will help you understand what muscles and joints you use during your CrossFit activities and the mechanics of how they work together so you can use them safely while maximizing the results you want. We can help identify the cause of your pain and help improve your technique to prevent future pain. 

With this knowledge, we can design daily workouts that will improve your strength and endurance and get you back in shape for your CrossFit training regimen. We can show you how to:

  • Stretch properly
  • Use proper fitness technique
  • Target weak muscles
  • Train muscles to work as a group
  • Develop good stability
  • Increase range of motion

Whether you need advice for training properly or guidance as you recover from pain and injury, collaborating with your True Sports CrossFit expert will give you the tools you need to develop the versatility and power you need for peak CrossFit performance.

Schedule An Appointment Today

With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672. Contact us at your convenience by phone, 1-410-946-1672, or website message.

To save time when you arrive, complete our new patient form online or download our new patient packet and bring a completed copy with you to your first appointment. We work with most health insurance organizations. Please call our office at 1-401-946-1672 and our admin team will verify your insurance plan or ask us about our Self Pay rates.

"Care at its best. I wish I had access to True Sports' unique brand of physical therapy in my college and early career. A TRUE cut above the rest"

- Jeremy Zuttah, 10 year NFL center and Pro Bowler

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